Palestinians had never before launched such an assault on Israel - Hamas fighters crossed the border fence on foot, flew across on paragliders and used speedboats to target Israeli settlements and soldiers. It surprised Tel Aviv and defence analysts around the world.
The assault also had an impact on the renowned American political scientist and activist Norman Finkelstein, who’s spent much of his life researching and writing on Palestinian-Israeli relations.
He recently spoke with TRT World about his reaction, what Palestinians living in Gaza – under a 17-year-long illegal Israeli blockade – have been going through that precipitated the Hamas attack and how it squares with other historical moments that, depending on who you ask, are seen as heroic or threatening.
Finkelstein also opens up about why he, perhaps like others discouraged by Israel’s oppressive military might, lost confidence in a future for Palestine and how recent events have drastically altered that perception.
Here’s a transcript of his interview with TRT World.
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