Hi. This is my first post. I am fascinated by what I am reading here and I intend to be respectful even when I may disagree.
I did notice an apparent discrepancy in excerpts from “The 51 Day War …” One sentence states “There were tunnels, all right, but nearly all of them were inside Gaza itself” — this is hardly in dispute and I don’t get the “but”, the following comment: “He [Blumenthal] also writes about another Gazan attack, in which 9 guerrillas videotaped their infiltration through a tunnel into Israel”. These two comments appear to be contradictory. The first sentence implies the tunnels were only in Gaza and thus not meant to enter Israel; the following comment disabuses that notion.
I am not an expert but would gladly appreciate if more seasoned posters could explain if/where I have made a mistake in my interpretation of the above.
Also, personally, I find “Most revealing, before the Israeli land invasion, Hamas pleaded for a cease-fire, offered a ten-year truce, and issued a list of modest humanitarian demands aimed simply at lifting the suffocating siege” somewhat difficult to believe but I would like to. How can this claim be reliably confirmed?