Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 18 October 2020

Unveiling the contours and contrasts of an ever-changing Middle East landscape
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Tel Aviv on Track

Tracking history, City launches new railway park

By David E. Kaplan

Past and Present. Early train powered by a steam locomotive (left) and the new Train Track Park in Tel Aviv today.

The writer’s stroll in Tel Aviv’s new “Train Track Park” was as much a walk into the past as an embrace of the future, as he “tracks” earlier travelers from the Theodore Herzl and reflects on the words of  the “father of modern Hebrew”, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda,  who saw the laying of the original track as a symbol of “the victory of enlightenment”.

Tel Aviv on Track

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Israel’s Earth Shot

Tiny in size – giant in efforts to protect the environment, Israel is leading by example

By Rolene Marks

Movers & Shakers. Inspiring voices for change – Sir Richard Attenborough and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

With the quest to “Save Our Planet’ promoted by such global luminaries as Sir David Attenborough and the inspirational Earthshot Prize initiator, Prince Williamthe Duke of Cambridge, Israel standsin the vanguard  to ensure that future generations inherit a healthier environment.

Israel’s Earth Shot

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A Lone Soldier on a Mission in Syrian Territory

During the Yom Kippur War

By Jonathan Davis

Men on a Mission. They escaped almost certain death or captivity 47 years ago behind enemy lines in Syria.

Strong leadership, top training, camaraderie and remaining calm under extreme life-threatening danger, is what saved this group of Israeli fighters surrounded by the enemy in the heat of battle 47 years ago this month. A personal insight by one of the young warriors at the time.

A Lone Soldier on a Mission in Syrian Territory

During the Yom Kippur War

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