Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 06 March 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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Lay of the Land  joins in solidarity with the people of Ukraine as they endure the cruel onslaught of their land and commends the government of Israel, whose Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett became the first  national leader of a country to meet  –  breaking the Jewish Sabbath law of travel to do so – with President Putin in an attempt to mediate the end of the war. We take pride in Israel having voted at the UN General Assembly session condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and in supporting the people of Ukraine with humanitarian aid.



Final Landing of one of those “Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines”

Farewell to a hero who participated in the greatest adventure for a Jew in 2000 years

By David E. Kaplan

Thumbs Up. At 100, Smoky Simon in 2020 took to the skies over Israel in a Tiger Moth he once helped repel the enemy in the War of Independence in 1948

Truly the stuff of legends! From past interviews, the writer reveals the thoughts and experiences of one of the South African community in Israel’s favourite sons; a colourful personality who whether in the air or on the ground was an inspiration to his people. The life and times of Smoky Simon.

Final Landing of one of those “Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines”

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Future’s Fuel

Israel in pole position leading a competitive pack in hydrogen innovation

Rolene Marks

Passing the Pump. Revealing alternative energy solutions in Israel, Lay of the Land cofounder Rolene Marks reporting on (CAN) Channel News Asia.

While countries around the world look for alternate solutions to fossil fuels, Israel accelerates into the hydrogen age as the ‘Start-up Nation’ transitions to a cleaner air economy. Discover how an innovative Israeli company is powering Israel into the future that will greatly reduce emissions and lower the global carbon footprint!

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Emerald Isle paints Israel Black –  proud Israeli Arab responds

Yoseph Hadad addresses the Irish Parliament February 2022

Defiant in Dublin. Israeli Arab Yoseph Hadad shares with the Irish people his personal experiences and observations about life in “my country” – Israel.

Solitary standing before an audience routinely hostile to Israel, Yoseph Hadad could be excused from the uneasy feeling he was appearing in the ancient Colosseum rather than the modern  Dáil Éireann (Irish parliament) as he began his address: “Are you afraid that I will expose your lies and hypocrisy about the State of Israel as an Israeli Arab?” Born in Haifa and raised in Israel’s largest Arab city, Nazareth, this young modern-day gladiator  gets his message across.

Emerald Isle paints Israel Black –  proud Israeli Arab responds

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

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