Indeed, if the Gaza aid flotilla succeeded in anything, it was in painting precisely this portrait of Israel's army to the world: soldiers as terrorists, and terrorists standing alongside humanitarians like Scott Hamman, magically transform into peace activists.
It would be very interesting to hear a response from the Israeli government in the form of an actual list of excluded items other than the now-permitted soda, juice, jam, spices, shaving cream, potato chips, cookies and candy.
If there is any lesson from the last 20 years, it is that the parties themselves are incapable of resolving this decades-long conflict on their own, and will need a strong American presence at the table.
The conflict in the Middle East is not between Israelis and Palestinians so much as between extremists and moderates. And the extremists on both sides have been steadily winning through mutual provocation.
The deputy managing editor of the Jerusalem Post, Caroline Glick, claims credit for a racist video of Jewish Israelis singing "there's no people dying" about the flotilla attack. She should be fired for making fun of the dead.
Given the tendency of international media and governments to jump on Israel at any opportunity, and given Israel's need for allies at this precarious time, might it have been better to just let this ship pass?
The so-called smart money is on Harman in next Tuesday's primary, but the incumbent -- like the Israeli government -- has reason to worry. Sometimes, moral revulsion can topple defenders of the indefensible.
The implicit assumption is that it is anti-Semitism and religious fanaticism -- practically by definition immutable and unrelated to Israeli behavior -- that drives Palestinian resistance, whether terrorist or not.
Should the US continue trying to convince Israelis and Palestinians to permit a politically negotiated solution that circumvents historic complexities, or should it instead lead an interfaith effort of historic proportions?
In a response to a totally nonviolent protest by Palestinian Christians and Muslims demanding their freedom of movement the Israeli army has effectively banned entry of Christian pilgrims and tourists from visiting the birth place of Christ.