Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 27 February 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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Farewell Arnie

A tribute to a kibbutz icon

By David E. Kaplan

Lifetime Camaraderie. Arnie Friedman (centre) with the 2005 Habonim 75th anniversary organising committee.

He represented the best of South African Zionism.  As a member of the youth movement Habonim (the “builders”), his journey from Cape Town to a fledgling kibbutz in Israel’s Yezreel Valley, Arnie’s life was one of adventure and “building”  – an inspiring legacy to future generations.

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Peace is Progressive

Why are so-called progressives protesting peace in the Middle East?

By Rolene Marks

Hand it to the young People. Inspired by new horizons, progressive people from the Abraham Accord countries find common ground.

While an increasing number of Muslim countries open up to rapprochement and normalization with Israel, there are still those social justice warriors who persist to sabotage peace. It is becoming increasingly evident who the true progressives are!

Peace is Progressive

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Israel from Within

– From Dreams to Fears and back Again –

By Samuel Hyde

Feeling of Euphoria. Jubilant Israelis dancing the hora at the Western Wall following the reunification of Jerusalem, 2 July 1967.

The dream was simple: Israel’s victory in the 1967 war would lead to victory over war itself. Jews rationally believed that their two-millennia-long estrangement from humanity would finally come to an end and their Jewish state would be accepted into the family of nations. IT NEVER HAPPENED!

Israel from Within – From Dreams to Fears and back Again

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

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