Nice analysis of the debate. I attended and would also commend Peter for a sincere discussion and Yousef for his masterful performance.
The “double standard” with Saudi Arabia is a very frequent talking point. I would also add that one purpose of a boycott is to change the behavior of the citizenry. Saudis have no power whatsoever to change their repressive government or its policies, and would topple their government if it weren’t held in place with US military aid. Israelis reelected Netanyahu of their own accord.
It is amusing how quickly Israel’s defenders transition from citing Israel as the only democracy in the Middle East and a model of gay rights to “But we’re better than Saudi Arabia! Why not boycott them?” Are we setting the bar high or low?