Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 30 May 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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Bolt from the Blue and Bennett Bolts

By David E. Kaplan

Facing The Future Together? (l-r) Looking for, change Yair Lapid , Naftali Bennett and Mansour Abbas.

An Islamic party leader and Zionist politicians sitting down, Israel may have been heading in a different direction until rockets from Gaza headed for Jerusalem. More  disruptive than the rubble in the capital was the political fallout! 

Bolt from the Blue and Bennett Bolts

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I am a Jew

By Rolene Marks

Responding to the alarming rise in global antisemitism, the writer reminds those inflaming hatred towards Jews and Israel that in carrying the dreams and aspirations from those who wandered in the desert to those who journeyed through hostile lands to return to Zion, she today also carries the grit to message the world: “I am here to stay!”

I am a Jew

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Shape of Things to Come

South Africa could help reshape and redefine the Middle East

By  Kenneth Mokgatlhe

Quo Vadis SA? South African’s legacy in Truth and Reconciliation being wasted?

While Egypt, the US and other stakeholders all played a part in bringing about the recent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the writer laments that his own South Africa with its credentials in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation could too have contributed if only it ditched its blind bias against the Jewish state to help effect a genuine peace in the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Shape of Things to Come

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HABITS – Once INGRAINED – Become difficult to change

However, it is possible if…….

By Lionel H. Phillips D.O.

Understanding how they develop, could help you change bad habits to good habits that will significantly improve your health. Learn insights into this issue from our expert who illuminates a path to understanding while providing directions to follow –  ‘guiding’ towards a healthier lifestyle.

HABITS – Once INGRAINED – Become difficult to change

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

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