Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 24 September 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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Lay of the Land wish you and your loved ones Shabbat Shalom. Hope you have a meaningful fast on the ocassion of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). May you all be inscribed in the Book of Life.

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‘Charging’ Down the Drag

Tel Aviv-Yafo is paving the way for electric roads of tomorrow

By David E. Kaplan

Transport of Tomorrow.  A bus “charging” along a busy Tel Aviv street.

Tel Aviv-Yafo lives up to its reputation as “A City on the Move”  by introducing its first electric road. Looking ‘down the road’, we explore an environmentally friendlier future following this latest ‘smart move’.

‘Charging’ Down the Drag

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The Right Kind of Notorious

By Rolene Marks

Small in physical stature, we pay tribute to this towering legal giant and Jewish, feminist icon who imagined a new world and worked to make it happen. Chapeau to the “Notorious RBG”.

The Right Kind of Notorious

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Major Contributing ‘Faktor’

The Entebbe Raid of 1976 revisited

By David E. Kaplan

Escape from Entebbe. In July 6, 1976, the world learns a word – “Entebbe”

This month’s passing of a former South African doctor in Israel, brought back memories of one of the most successful rescue operations in history, when Israel mounted a daring night-time raid on Uganda’s Entebbe airport to free the hostages held by pro-Palestinian terrorists. Amongst the medical team was one intrepid Dr. Jossy Faktor.

Major Contributing ‘Faktor’

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LOTL Cofounders David E. Kaplan (Editor), Rolene Marks and Yair Chelouche

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