It is my sincere hope that ANYBODY who takes an interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and especially those who espouse a pro-Palestinian view, read Sir Martin Gilbert’s unbiased and meticulously researched work In Ishmael’s House.
Sir Gilbert is at pains, sometimes frustratingly so, to find every scrap of goodness or good intention directed toward the Jews in Ishmael’s House (i.e. Muslim controlled lands), as well as to elaborate upon the horrifying suppression and subjugation that pretty much destroyed every culture and religion that preceded it, bar one exception, Judaism, and the Jews.
As the name implies, Sir Gilbert does not question the proprietorship of those lands conquered and subjugated by Islam, but rather records the relationship that existed within them between the conquerers and the Jews living there (often for many centuries before the Arabs and Islam ever arrived).
To understand the condition of Apartheid that Jews have endured for 1400 years under Muslim rule will do much to re-frame your view of Israel and the vociferousness with which they defend their right to exist, as well as the deep mistrust they hold for Muslims and Islam in particular.
I was a supporter of the Palestinian cause and a denouncer of the State of Israel before reading this book, and it is with great shame that I admit it.
NOTE: This offers some hope that well intentioned, thinking people, can be brought back from the brink through factual evidence and sound reasoning.