Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 27 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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No Place to Hide

Calibrating the fallout, Ukraine is a sobering lesson for the entire world

By David E. Kaplan

Read all about it? With war having returned to Europe, will it spread beyond?

While Ukrainian cities are being pounded, compelling their residents to either fight or flee, there is hardly a country whose people watching this human tragedy unfold not asking– “How will it affect us?” With high-stakes nuclear posturing now part of the ‘conversation’ – Israel fears the future .

No Place to Hide

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Dear Golda – The Sequel: A Shining Star

If Golda Meir was alive today, would this be the conversation we have?

By Rolene Marks

As Good as Golda. Ukrainian officer holds a biography of Golda Meir that he carries into battle.

With Israel’s 4th Prime Minister emerging as a symbol of hope for Ukrainians in their struggle for national survival, the  writer engages in an imagined conversation with the iconic Kyiv-born Golda Meir, who even long after her death, inspires a people upon their embattled landscape

Dear Golda – The Sequel: A Shining Star

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The ‘Israel Open’  – Not Tennis but Tourism

Jewish state ready to warmly embrace the return of its tourists

By Jonathan Feldstein

Open Season. Feeling free at last, excited travelers arriving at Ben-Gurion Airport ready to tour.

What a difference two years make! From an  industry that Covid overnight closed down, to this March, Israel opening its borders to even the unvaccinated, Israel’s unique sites are ready to warmly embrace its missed visitors. The message from the people of Israel: “We’re waiting for you!”

The ‘Israel Open’  – Not Tennis but Tourism

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The Arab Voice  –  February- March 2022

Arab writers opining on Middle East issues, focus on Ukraine cautioning Arab countries to remain neutral in a conflict between superpowers while carving a space in the world arena.

Broad-based coverage on the Middle East, LOTL provides a platform to what Arab journalists – in their own words – are writing about the region. This issue’s compilation focuses on Arab perspectives of the war in Ukraine.

The Arab Voice  –  February- March 2022

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

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