Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 20 December 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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A Brush with the Past

By David E. Kaplan

Dreaming on the Dunes. Founded on sand dunes, Gutman’s idealistic impression of a sun soaked Tel Aviv.

The brushstrokes of Nachum Gutman reveal Tel Aviv’s journey from “sleepy city” to the “city that never sleeps”. Through his paintings, sculpture and writings, we journey back in time to an early Tel Aviv and discover the settings and seeds of its transition.

A brush with the past

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Has the New York Times Been Captured?

By Rolene Marks

Admitting the Obvious. The NY Times later acknowledges anti-Semitism in publishing this “appalling” cartoon.

One of the world’s most respected news media publications, the writer explores how The New York Times  has gone from admired to derided. Has an obsession with Israel and American Jewry contributed to this once venerated bastion of global journalism becoming another casualty of ‘institution Capture’?

Has the New York Times Been Captured?

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“Winter of Our Discontent”

By David E. Kaplan

Breaking News.  An  excited Israeli public process the news during Hanukkah seeing “light at the end of dark tunnel.

From a pessimistic Passover in 2020 when Israelis faced its first lockdown to an approaching promising Passover 2021, the writer reflects on the year that was to the year we welcome paying tribute to the way humanity has miraculously responded to this pandemic with rapid resourcefulness.

“Winter of Our Discontent”

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

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