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A State Beyond the Pale: Europe's Problem With Israel Paperback – November 1, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
Sheppard is an immensely creative writer, never once needing to 'cry wolf' and settle for the label 'antisemite' as defence for Israel. He looks at a broad range of arguments from journalists, writers, politicians and people when discussing Israel, and builds his case very convincingly for what is fair, and unfair criticism of Israel. He even rejects Bat Ye'or's prolific Eurabia, which has become a source of inspiration to so many writers on this subject. This may ruffle a few feathers among the die-hard Israel lovers...
Quite interestingly, and probably quite indicative of the arguments relating to Israel, is the preface and introduction, both of which are 51 pages long (out of a 310 page book). But this by no means reading 51 pages before getting to the heart of the matter. From the first page Shepherd wastes no time in getting down to business saying 'Arguments relating to this subject very quickly become personal; arguments should be judged on their own merits, not on who's making them.' I had quite forgotten what part of the book I was reading before turning the page and seeing "Chapter 1". It's fair to say this is an engrossing read!
It would be easy to compare this to ...Read more ›
Here, Robin Shepherd examines the crucial battle of ideas between non-Muslim westerners that Israel is losing. He documents and analyses in meticulous detail the expanding scope and influence of the enmity towards Israel among European opinion-formers. During the past decades this animosity has spread from the far left to the mainstream liberal-left as Bernard Harrison reveals in The Resurgence of Anti-Semitism and Manfred Gerstenfeld in Behind The Humanitarian Mask with reference to Scandinavia. Major UK media like The Guardian, Independent and BBC are at the forefront while on the continent recent examples were provided by the Swedish paper Aftonbladet and the Spanish El Mundo.Read more ›
Along with being rich in analysis, this book is beautifully written. Shepherd has an expert eye for the quote and the fact that is central to understanding the big picture. Shepherd clearly knows his subject matter inside and out. And he knows how to present his arguments and conclusions.
I highly recommend that anyone interested in the future of Israel read this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Edifying piece on a topic so thick in the air in Europe but hard to make sense of. Thank you Mr Shepherd. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Zak Goichmann
Shepherd has written a must-read primer on the Middle east. In clear, concise sentences and paragraphs, he has outlined the issues, answered them and explained clearly the case for... Read morePublished on October 31, 2012 by marymarvel
This is a very interesting book about why Europe is being so pro-Arab in the Middle-East conflict.
It has a strong historical background and is based on many facts.
Like the New Atheism, books about Israel are all either one star or five stars, depending on your prejudice. This one is definitely a one star. Read morePublished on November 17, 2010 by Amazon Customer
The author puts forth the argument that while Israel's sworn enemies have attempted to destroy the Jewish State, European NGOs have made
common cause with those who would... Read more
As a person who cares deeply about ISrael and has read many, many books on the subject, I was astounded by this book. Read morePublished on March 12, 2010 by Gary Sarah Lipsius