Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 17 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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Up-Start Nation

A pulsating powerhouse, Israel clocks up its 13th Noble Prize

By David E. Kaplan

Nobel Man.Israeli-American economist, Prof. Joshua Angrist is the 13th Israeli to win the prestigious award.

Pint-size Israel has long punched far above its weight when it comes to the Nobel Prize having won nine since 2002, ten of them for either chemistry or economics, affirming Israel’s trajectory as the “Start-Up Nation”. Over the same period, vastly bigger countries with larger economies failed to outperform the Jewish state.

Up-Start Nation

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Bipartisan Support – an Iron Dome against “The Squad”?

There have been attempts by “the Squad” to stop funding for Iron Dome – but have the shots fired reached their target?

By Rolene Marks

Unmasked. The “Squad’s” reveals true intent when they tried to sabotage in Congress, US support for Iron Dome

The recent obsession of the “Squad” to torpedo US financial support of Israel’s purely defensive Iron Dome failed but this will not blunt their purpose. To counter, the writer argues that the mission of Israel’s new coalition’s must be to repair and restore US bipartisan support as its most effective ‘Iron Dome’.

Bipartisan Support – an Iron Dome against “The Squad”?

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Requiem or Sequel?

The ensuing saga of Judge David Unterhalter

By Adv. Craig Snoyman

Rough Justice. The ongoing saga of a judge’s Jewishness being an obstacle to  advancement in SA’s judiciary.

Arguably the most qualified candidate has AGAIN been rejected for a position on the country’s apex court   because he was a member of an organization allegedly pro-Zionist.” While kudos for the judge’s perseverance, there is a disturbing message to South Africa’s shrinking Jewish community.

Requiem or Sequel?

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

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