Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 03 October 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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What Short Memories the French have!

A  taste of its own medicine a back-stabber is peeved at being “stabbed in the back”!

By David E. Kaplan

Undercurrents from an underwater Deal. France questions relations with the US over its Australian submarine deal.

Accusing her allies and friends – the US, UK and Australia –  of  “BETRAYAL”,  France should reflect to a time when she “betrayed” – also over a maritime deal – a  friend and an ally far more existentially threatened and vulnerable – Israel.

What Short Memories the French have!

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Education is Eternal – Netzach Yisrael

Improving education system for Israel’s Haredi community will improve their economic situation and country

By Rolene Marks

Time for Change. Rabbi Bombach is set on reducing poverty in his Haredi community through education.

Recognising the Haredi community as the fastest growing in Israel and amongst the poorest, Rabbi Menachem Bombach is undaunted by the fierce resistance as he trailblazers educational reform in the quest to integrate Ultra-Orthodox Jews into Israeli society.

Education is Eternal – Netzach Yisrael

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To the Rescue

Impacting Jewish destiny through education with “Melton” in the vanguard

By Viv Anstey (Melton Cape Town Director) and Lauren Snitcher (Recruitment & Marketing)

Melton Method. Commitment to the sustainability of Jewish culture and heritage through diverse forms of education.

With alarming assimilation rates, intermarriage and couples choosing not to have children, the Jewish world feels under threat – from within! Posing the question, “ Are YOUR grandchildren going to be Jewish?”, Melton advocates and facilitatesנJewish literacy through programs of exploring the Jewish world in the company of other passionate learners.

To the Rescue

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

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