For all the sensationalism surrounding the events of Oct. 7, when Hamas broke through the Gaza fence and seized territory in the Gaza Envelope as part of Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, there is still much that we do not know.
The official Israeli death toll from the attack is estimated at 1,200 civilians, revised from an initial estimate of 1,400. Among this figure are several hundred civilians, which Israel says were killed by Hamas militants.
Other testimony from survivors of Oct. 7 suggests an alternative explanation—that in its fervor to defeat Hamas, Israeli commanders may have willingly targeted and sacrificed Israeli soldiers and civilians in the crossfire.
Max Blumenthal of The Grayzone joins The Chris Hedges Report for an in-depth look.
Max Blumenthal is an American author and blogger. He wrote for The Nation, AlterNet, The Daily Beast, Al Akhbar, and Media Matters for America and contributed to Al Jazeera English, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times.
Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent for 15 years for The New York Times, where he served as the paper's Middle East bureau chief and Balkan bureau chief. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor, and NPR. He is the host of the show The Chris Hedges Report.