Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 05 December 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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Welcome to Israel

Lay of the Land wishes the contestants to the 2021 Miss Universe competition an enriching experience
enjoying the beauty of the Holly Land and the warm hospitality of its people.



From Drums of War to Alarm Bells

By David E. Kaplan

No Never. “A regime of brutal hangmen must never be allowed to have weapons of mass-destruction,” warns Israeli PM Bennett

Ratcheting up the rhetoric coupled with martial machinations, China and Russia and have the world worried over possible invasions of Ukraine and Taiwan. Add to this cauldron of confusion, Israel warns of the far more existential danger of a nuclear Iran.

From Drums of War to Alarm Bells

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No NY Times, Israelis Are Not Miserable!

By Rolene Marks

The True Picture. Despite the NY Times painting a bleak picture of Israel,  Israelis are among the happiest people in the world

No NY Times, Israelis Are Not Miserable!

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Is South Africa’s pageant debacle a Ben and Jerry’s misstep?

By Adv. Craig Snoyman

Beauty Beats BDS. Defying her anti-Israel government and BDS,  Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane is in Israel to compete.

Whether the SA ANC government had the legal right to support a boycott of its OWN entry for the 2021 Miss Universe pageant is a question that will be answered in a South African court.  With polls in SA supporting her attendance in the Jewish state, what the writer questions and tries answer is how his government’s Israel boycott policy might effect South Africa?

Is South Africa’s pageant debacle a Ben and Jerry’s misstep?

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Weep, My Alma Mater

By Stephen Schulman

Leaning Tower. Once the pride and academic pillar of Africa, South Africa’s premier university is in sharp decline.

While physical statues at the University of Cape Town (UCT) tumble, so does its academic stature. The writer, a concerned alumnus,  laments  that while his alma mater still retains its visual allure,  it has lost the ethos of a true scholastic institution.

Weep, My Alma Mater

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LOTL Co-founders David E. Kaplan (Editor), Rolene Marks and Yair Chelouche

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