Category Archives: International

Posts pertaining to global issues and international relations.

Understanding the Iran Interim Deal in Seven Points


As negotiations closed last weekend in Geneva, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, told reporters that he hoped this deal would “remove any doubts about the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program.” John Kerry painted the negotiations in a … Continue reading

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One Week Later: Israel’s Right and its Responsibility


Written for the Emory Wheel: Consider a hypothetical situation. About a year ago, someone took a hammer to my kitchen window, leaving shattered glass strewn about the floor. My family and I aren’t of retaliatory blood, so we swept up, replaced … Continue reading

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Barack Obama is Not Anti-Israel


Written for the Emory Wheel: I hear the conversation everywhere. Well, I suppose it isn’t so much a conversation as it is a statement. My Jewish friends say it all the time: “I’m voting for Romney because Obama doesn’t support Israel.” … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – For the Emory Wheel


Written for the Emory Wheel: Dear Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, On Wednesday, you will speak before the United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan. As you approach the stage, many of the world’s leading diplomats will rise from their seats and leave the … Continue reading

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But There is No Peace – Why the Mideast “Peace Process” Needs to End


It was at my Uncle Mark’s fourth grade parent-teacher conference in 1970 that my Bubbe and Grandpa began to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Mark had brought home his Chapter 2 math test, pressed with a ripe, shiny “78%.” There had … Continue reading

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The Force of Apathy – A Piece for the National Journal Sh’ma


As featured in Sh’ma, a national journal of Jewish ideology, alongside articles by former Senator Russ Feingold and Brandeis Professor Jonathan Sarna: Last spring, a local congressman came to speak at my high school. It was a routine visit: He … Continue reading

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Wet and Quickly Drying – An Explanation of the Year’s Changes, A Proposal for Next Steps


As featured on the Huffington Post: The life we know hasn’t changed much since December 27 of 2010. Murky smog still poisons the air I breathe in Los Angeles. A snapshot of the New York skyline taken today will match … Continue reading

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To Criticize, To Clarify – The Simultaneity of Hitchens’ Death and the War’s End


Last Thursday night, as I was studying at my desk for a few final midterms, my dad cracked open my bedroom door and told me to check the news: Christopher Hitchens had died. When I woke up on Sunday morning, … Continue reading

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A Fine Distinction – Obama’s Conversation With Sarkozy


Several newswires reported today that President Obama did not come to the defense of Israel’s head of state in a private conversation with French Prime Minister Nicolas Sarkozy last Thursday. During a break between meetings at the G20 summit in … Continue reading

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Restraint – Gilad Shalit’s Return to Israel


As featured on the Huffington Post: After five years in the custody of his Hamas captors, it seems that Gilad Shalit’s painful and much publicized saga is finally winding down. The Israeli government has struck a deal with Hamas: Israel … Continue reading

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