Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter – 27 August 2020

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

Reliable reportage and insightful commentary on the Middle East by seasoned journalists from the region and beyond


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The Israel-UAE deal is a “Big Deal’ – an Arab perspective

By Lay of the Land founders David E. Kaplan, Rolene Marks & Yair Chelouche

Hot Off The Press!  Israel-UAE deal was the leading news item in most papers throughout the Middle East.

Neglected in the global media coverage on the groundbreaking Israel-UAE deal was the positive and warm response across much of the Arab world. So accustomed to a daily news’ diet of war and terrorism, it was a breath of fresh air to read in the Arab press that “the hearts of both Israelis and Emiratis are filled with joy after news of the historic agreement”. Are finally “The Times Are A- Changin”?

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“Beverly Hills, 90210” in 2020

Women building businesses while building Israel

By Gina Raphael

Building for Tomorrow by Catering to the Needs Today. A WIZO Day Care Center in Israel.

In the spirit of the WIZO mantra of “empowering women at home as we work to empower women in Israel”, the Los Angeles branch of the Women’s Zionist international Organization have come up with a resourceful “win-win” business concept that helps local businesses in LA during the economic slowdown caused by the pandemic, while also benefiting Israel.

“Beverly Hills, 90210” in 2020

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From Peace with the Gulf to a Gulf with his People

Reflections on leadership from a past interview with former security chief, Carmi Gillon

By David. E. Kaplan

Calm Carmi. Police remove former head of the Shin Bet Carmi Gillon at protest outside the PM’s Residence.

Staring at a photo front-paging Israel’s August newspapers of former security chief with his hands raised defiantly above his head being ‘escorted’ by the police from a protest outside the PM’s residence in Jerusalem, the writer reflects on a 2003 interview with Carmi Gillon, whose life’s journey has taken him from the world of espionage to strong advocate for peace with the Palestinians.

From Peace with the Gulf to a Gulf with his People

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Lay of the Land cofounders David E. Kaplan (Editor), Rolene Marks and Yair Chelouche

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