Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 04 October 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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Chag Sukkot Sameach (Happy Sukkot holiday)

A festival celebrated in temporary dwellings, we wish all around the world this 2020, a healthy and speedy return from the ‘dwelling’ of separation brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

What’s happening in Israel today?  See this week’s daily ‘The Israel Brief’ broadcasts on LOTL  YouTube   by seasoned TV & radio broadcaster, Rolene Marks familiar to Chai FM listeners in South Africaand millions of American listeners to the News/Talk/Sports radio station WINA broadcasting out of Charlottesville, Virginia. You can subscribe to LOTL news from Israel and enjoy at a time of your convenience.

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The New Normal

Young Emiratis and Israelis chat online after UAE and Israel sign “Normalization” deal

By David E. Kaplan

It’s Personal.  Young Emiratis and Israelis engage on Zoom about their lives, their countries and their futures.

A fresh ‘Winds of Change’ is blowing across the Middle East as we hear in conversation between young Israelis and Emiratis as they chat not about  F35 fighters and Iran but about their lives and dreams for the future. Is it a change of season where the future can bury the past?

The New Normal

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An Arab-Israeli take on the Abraham Accords

“The Palestinians will get on the train … It will just not happen at the very first stop.”

By Ruth Wasserman Lande, a former advisor to President Shimon Peres

With Flying Colors. Flags of the UAE, Israel and Bahrain are emblazoned on the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City.

With insight of one who lived in Cairo, Egypt for several years, the writer opines on the transition from the “cold peace” that characterized earlier agreements, to Israel’s 2020  “normalization”  agreements with Gulf states.  Despite “a future not without complexity” is it a new dawn?

An Arab-Israeli take on the Abraham Accords

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Braving Bidud

My ‘bidud diary’ or exasperated rant!

By Martine Maron Alperstein

Home Alone. In isolation at home for exposure to Covid-19, viewing the world from an apartment window. 

Day 11 of bidud (isolation due to exposure to covid-19) and this writer in central Israel is “irritated”, “impatient”, “angry” and “frustrated” as she tends to family, self and work.    A personal insight in coping when your life  is literally – on hold!

Braving Bidud

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

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