A friend of a friend has published this book, the title of which makes me laugh...It's called Shut Up, I'm Talking : And Other Diplomacy Lessons I Learned in the Israeli Government--A Memoir. The author, Greg Levey, was the speechwriter for the Israeli mission to the United Nations and then made aliyah and became Ariel Sharon’s English speechwriter. (And he's a Taglit-birthright israel alum.)
The book will appeal to anyone interested in international politics, the U.N., Israel, or political humor. Here’s how the publisher described it: "How does a New York law student apply for an internship at the Israeli Consulate and wind up writing speeches for Ariel Sharon during one of the most turbulent times in Israeli history? Wit and wisdom mingle in this hilarious real-life adventure."
Shut Up, I'm Talking is a smart, hilarious insider take on Israeli politics that reads like the bastard child of Thomas Friedman and David Sedaris. When twenty-five-year-old law student Gregory Levey applied for an internship at the Israeli Consulate in New York, he got way more of an education than he'd bargained for. The speechwriter for the Israeli delegation to the United Nations was quitting, and Levey was asked to step in to fill the vacancy. Suddenly he found himself, like a latter-day Zelig, in the company of foreign ministers, U.S. senators, and heads of state. Much to his surprise, he was soon attending U.N. sessions and drafting official government statements. The situation got stranger still when he was transferred to Jerusalem to write speeches for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.