While many of the events and people that appear in Blumenthal's book, have been reported in Ha'aretz, I disagree that regular readers of your paper, especially American readers, already know "just how bad the situation is." It is Blumenthal's meticulous and creative blending of the historical and personal with his on the ground reportage that makes this book an important document in describing "just how bad the situation is," as you say. Blumenthal's book is addressed to American Jews who know very little about racism and discrimination in Israel. It is true that Blumenthal opposes the idea of a Jewish state, but his book is a description of the problem and not about his opinions about a solution. Thanks for writing about Goliath and verifying the validity of its reportage. I hope your review will encourage people to read the book, since it has, as you imply, been completely ignore by the mainstream US press.
Gunmen in Egypt kill guard outside Niger embassy (Reuters)
from the article: And never the narratives shall meet