Reviews

Richard Heideman’s clear and persuasive chronicle of Israel’s struggles over the last twenty years demonstrates with clarity and eloquence why the nation continues to face a two-front war: on one front the attackers wear explosive vests and fire rockets at civilians; on the other they dwell at the UN and The Hague and resemble no one so much as the bureaucrats in George Orwell’s “Ministry of Truth.” —-Ambassador R. James Woolsey, Chairman, Foundation for Defense of Democracies; Former Director of Central Intelligence

Richard Heideman’s staunch defense of Israel against the actions of the UN is recognized and appreciated by Israel’s loyal friends and even some of her critics. In The Hague Odyssey, he delivers a thorough examination of the Jewish State’s struggle for recognition and justice at the United Nations, in particular the terrorism prevention security fence and the UN’s failure to uphold Israel’s right to self-defense. This volume is a powerful argument against those who would deny Israel justice. —-Ambassador Daniel Ayalon, Former Deputy Foreign Minister, State of Israel

The Hague Odyssey is the work of a natural scholar informed by the training of a lawyer. Richard Heideman writes from knowledge enriched by personal witness as well as careful research. A must read for those of all persuasions who pray and work for peace in the middle east. –Professor Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, The George Washington University –Professor Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, The George Washington University

Richard Heideman’s staunch defense of Israel against the actions of the UN is recognized and appreciated by Israel’s loyal friends and even some of her critics. In The Hague Odyssey, he delivers a thorough examination of the Jewish State’s struggle for recognition and justice at the United Nations, in particular the terrorism prevention security fence and the UN’s failure to uphold Israel’s right to self-defense. This volume is a powerful argument against those who would deny Israel justice. —-Ambassador Daniel Ayalon, Former Deputy Foreign Minister, State of Israel

The Hague Odyssey is the work of a natural scholar informed by the training of a lawyer. Richard Heideman writes from knowledge enriched by personal witness as well as careful research. A must read for those of all persuasions who pray and work for peace in the middle east. –Professor Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, The George Washington University

The book’s main thesis is that Israel’s adversaries have utilized various U.N bodies to wage concerted and systematic attacks on Israel’s sovereignty and the rights of the state of Israel as a nation-state of the world, thereby posing a serious active threat to Israel s overall security. A major component of these persistent attacks on Israel, Mr. Heideman writes, has been the vitriolic politicization of Israel s construction of a terrorism-prevention security fence built in direct response to the second intifada s repeated heinous and murderous [terrorist] attacks upon her population, cities and general welfare. The epicenter of this assault, he adds, has been at the United Nations, with the largely pro-Palestinian General Assembly referring to the ICJ for an advisory opinion on the supposed illegality of the security fence and barrier that Israel had been constructing to safeguard the security of its citizens against the continuous Palestinian terrorist attacks.

Making Mr. Heideman’s book especially pertinent to American counterterrorism is that such threats of arrest over war-crime charges (however flimsy and hypocritical) are also worrisome because they are not limited to Israelis, but could potentially be used by al Qaeda’s supporters to legally target American counterterrorism fighters for involvement in targeted killings of al Qaeda leaders, including the use of drone strikes against them.

Mr. Heideman concludes that it’s essential and morally right that all human rights respecting and freedom-loving countries stand together at the United Nations, in both words and deeds, to take an affirmative stand against terrorism and against the attempt to deny Israel’s right to defend herself and her people. This important book provides the legal arsenal to do just that. –Joshua Sinai in The Washington Times

The Hague Odyssey is the work of a natural scholar informed by the training of a lawyer. Richard Heideman writes from knowledge enriched by personal witness as well as careful research. A must read for those of all persuasions who pray and work for peace in the middle east. –Professor Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, The George Washington University