Much of the international discussion in the wake of the Mavi Marmara incident has been a perfect demonstration of the singular position of the Jewish state in the world community, which bears uncomfortable resemblance to the position of the Jews among their neighbors in the days there was no Jewish state. This has nothing to do with the specific merits or faults of the matter. It's about the way people understand the reality of a Jewish state, and their relationship to it - in itself already a telling point, since most people in the world have no relationship whatsoever to most countries beyond their own, an important neighbor, and perhaps the United States for its unique dominance. And Israel.
I'm way too busy these days to have time to blog thoughtfully about the issue. Happily, Norman Geras does have the time, and yesterday he put up three posts, all of which should be read: here, here, and here (this one apparently written by Eve Garrard at Normblog).