Robin Shepherd’s “A state beyond the Pale” is well worth reading

Robin Shepherd, whose blog we link to on the right hand side,  recently wrote the excellent book “A State beyond the Pale”.  In it, he focuses particularly on the hysterical anti-Israel stance taken by many in Europe.  The book is reviewed here

In addition to being a good read to aid those already committed to Israel’s defence, it is a useful book to lend to those who don’t know much and are sufficiently open minded to read something against the prevailing anti-Israel leftist line. 

Shepherd leads with 8 fundamental points to understand the current Israel-Palestinian/Arab situation, where he provides a good background as to why Israel is being demonised.  Shepherd is an Anglican.

Another review states that “In the author’s view, the Israel-Palestine conflict can be seen as a test case for the West’s ability to stand up for the values it claims as its own. In Europe, important institutions and individuals are now failing that test. This book explains why.”



Another recent book, Son of Hamas, as pointed out by correspondent, Ruth, provides an insight into Hamas and Islam- we  provide a link to an interview with the author here.

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2 thoughts on “Robin Shepherd’s “A state beyond the Pale” is well worth reading

  1. What a great book. One of its main points is that European governments condemn Israel partly because they are frightened of their Moslem populations. The Moslem leaders in Britain, for example, regularly make threatening statements to the government, implying that if they don’t keep the Moslems happy they will be made sorry by the violence unleashed. The examples of the Danish cartoons make this violence all too real.
    Another point is that it is a liablity to support Israel. So the article in this blog on ‘Israel’s contribution to the US’ is a timely one. Of course, the antisemitic undertone of much criticism of Israel is also examined by Shepherd. He calls it ‘neo-antisemitism’. Some of the examples he brings of excessively derogatory language are truly shocking. And he sheds light on the use of the Israel-Nazi and Israel-apartheid analogies.

    Another great book is the ‘Son of Hamas’ by Mosab Hassan Yousef. This tells the sensational story of the son of one of the founders of Hamas. He describes his father lovingly, but also explains how he gradually drifted away from his father’s view that one must hate and kill Israelis to end the ‘occupation’. He becomes a spy for the Shin Bet Israeli security service so that he can help end the bloodshed which he sees as senseless. He hates the way Hamas operatives torture each other in prison, and how the leaders lead the children out to throw stones at Israeli soldiers but themselves hide around the back. He documents some important truths that have been distorted by Hamas propaganda. EG that Arafat was planning the second intifada before the famous Handshake with Clinton and Rabin. That Arafat gave the orders and used Hamas operatives for the violence so his Palestinian Authority would not be implicated. The author personally found the evidence to prove that the unidentified Al Aksa terrorists were actually following Arafat’s orders. He was there when Arafat ordered the authorised Sharon visit to the Temple Mount to be used as a pretext for the uprising. He saw the footage of a Hamas explosion that was used as an excuse for Hamas to break the ceasefire with Israel, with the claim that Israel had fired on Hamas from the air. He converted to Christianity and escaped to the US.
    If it’s not yet in your bookstore, why isn’t it?

  2. Thanks for your insightful comments, Ruth, and your recommendation regarding the book Son of Hamas. I have added to the blog item a link to a recent interview with the author, Mosab Hassan Yousef. I wonder whether Paul McGeough would extent his interest in Hamas to this book.