Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter – 11 JUNE 2020

Unveiling the contours and contrasts of an ever-changing Middle East landscape

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The Israel Brief  


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The Israel Brief- 08 – 11 June 2020




Israel at a Crossroad

To Annex or not to Annex?

By David E. Kaplan

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Is there an agreement that Israelis and Palestinians can shake on?

With the country evenly divided on whether to annex parts of the West Bank/Judea & Samaria as early as July 2020, considering the ramifications and repercussions, should there be more reflection before proceeding too hastily?


No, Israel Isn’t A Country Of Privileged And Powerful White Europeans

By Hen Mazzig

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Israel At Face Value. Smiling youngsters from the mass immigration to Israel from Africa.

The writer of Iraqi and North African descent, takes issue with a global misrepresentation of Israel as “a colonialist extension of Europe” when only “30% of Israeli Jews are descendants of European Jews”. Are the misrepresentations a calculated strategic campaign to taint Israel as an extension of a “privileged and powerful white Europe”, thereby justifying any attacks on it?



The Arab Voice

Arab writers from the Middle East and beyond, weigh in on the economic crisis facing countries in the region and the proposed plan of Israeli annexation

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