The Danish cyclist story may be more important than the flotilla. The whole world is seeing how Israel perceives threats and how it responds to them, so it will question the narrative of Palestinians as terrorists. Here is Zvi Bar'el in Haaretz declaring that "World nations should issue a travel warning to Israel."
Israel is a dangerous preserve and responsible nations should have issued a travel warning for this country long ago, or at least published a detailed guide of what is permitted or forbidden to do here. Which words or sentences induce a warning growl. A kind of dictionary for tourists in which terms such as "fly-in," "flotilla," "Palestinian state," "illegal outposts," "apartheid," "racism," "High Court of Justice," and of course, "occupation" will be underlined in bold red.
The guidebook would explain what is likely to cause Israel to bite and which sites the tourist is advised to avoid; where it is permitted for males and females to stay together and where mixed groups may attract stone-throwing; what response a red kaffiyeh around the neck is likely to evince; and what dangers someone wearing red, black and green clothes could face....When it was still a small country defined by a Green Line, it invited the whole world to come and visit. But when it grew fat and expanded its living space, it became more threatened and more frightened, and it has designated in lists drawn up in advance who is forbidden to enter its territory. The lists include not only wanted men who plan to carry out terror attacks, but also activists in human rights organizations, at least one German author and politicians who are not prepared to sing in the choir. The lists also include recommendations about who should not waste their money on airplane tickets - for example, a tourist whose name implies Arab or Muslim origin. It is possible that soon, new and much shorter lists will be issued bearing the names only of those who are permitted to visit the preserve.
This is how Israel is turning itself into an enclave of nationalist fundamentalism in which the covenant between its citizens (the Jewish ones, of course ) is not based on equality or shared values but on the ceaseless marking of its borders with the outside world. This is an enclave which does not feed on a sense of victimization - though that is certainly a national value - but rather on a threat, the impact of which is understood only by denizens of the enclave.
Again I remind you that this sort of argument Does Not Appear in the New York Times. Israeli journalists are more in touch with their existential crisis than we are. It is a failure of our discourse, and why? Because American Jews are charged with the duty of guarding Israel, and guarding it means that the sort of criticisms Jews are permitted to utter amongst themselves cannot be voiced in earshot of the goyim. Yes, I know: I cannot blame only Jews, there are non-Jewish factors at work: gentile Americans are inhibited in their speech because of the Holocaust and the fear of being seen as anti-Semites. But as a proud Jew, I need to address problems in my community.