Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 18 January 2021

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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Time to Tell the Truth

Lithuania is adept as passing over its nefarious past

By David E. Kaplan

Guardians of Death. Lithuanian civilians, leading Jews in 1941 to the Seventh Fort in Kovno, Lithuania.

While Lithuania commemorated in 2020 the 300th anniversary of the Vilna Gaon and the enriching legacy of its once vibrant Jewish community and is commendable, less commendable is its governmental  suppression of the TRUTH –  the complicity then in the murder of its Jewish citizens and now in the ‘murder’ of that truth!

Time to Tell the Truth

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Kristallnacht Comparisons

By Rolene Marks

Amanpour Uproar. CNN’s Christiane Amanpour regrets equating President Trump’s tenure to Kristallnacht.

A precursor to the destruction of two thirds of European Jewry in the Holocaust,  Kristallnacht stands alone as a singular horrific historical event. Why then do commentators on either end of the political spectrum see the need to compare riots in the US Capitol building and de-platforming of right wing commentators from social media platforms with the “Night of Broken Glass” synonymous  with the mass murder of Jews?

Kristallnacht Comparisons

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Hot Air to Hot Stuff

Back to the Polls in Israel as Voters Wade through the Waffle

By David E. Kaplan

Shifting his Sights. Aspiring to national politics, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai standing at Dizengoff Square.

Israeli elections are like repeatedly hearing the same bad joke with the known punchline! Going into its 4th election in two years,  the writer explores the welcome entry into the ‘bruising’ bout of enterprising Tel Aviv Mayor, Ron Huldai.

Hot Air to Hot Stuff

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