Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 03 April 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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Israel grieves the loss of 11 residents – Jews, Arab, Druze and two Ukrainian foreign workers – murdered in March by terrorists on streets across the country.



“Don’t Look Up”

Masters of our own misfortune, the imminent new Iran nuclear deal is a threat to mankind

By David E. Kaplan

Clash of Wills. While a nervous world watches, high-stakes fencing with the future of mankind in the balance.

Why for the Biden administration are sanctions considered an effective strategy reducing the Russian ruble to rubble and yet against genocidal Iran, it believes sanctions are ineffective and advocates its removal? The question is hardly rhetoric; it warrants a comprehensible explanation.

“Don’t Look Up”

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Tough path for a seat on the Supreme Court

By Adv. Craig Snoyman

The Judicious Eight. The eight Jewish US Supreme Court Justices, from Louis Brandeis to Elana Kagan.

As Katanji Brown Jackson sat through several days of grueling questions before the Senate Judiciary Committee with the issue of race hovering over her confirmation, the writer unpacks the antisemitic prejudice that confronted the path of some of the Jewish judges to the US Supreme Court.


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Taking Control

A focus on the “Control Centers” of the Human Body Processes

By Lionel H. Phillips D.O.

Who can disagree that the most important asset in life is one’s body. To ensure it retains its ‘value’ – optimum health – it is an asset we need to understand and invest in.

Taking Control

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From the ‘United Kingdom’ to the ‘Divided City’

Openly gay UK visitor finds city of Hebron full of surprises 

Written by Lay of the Land UK correspondent

Hebron’s HoliestResting place of biblical figures, the Tomb of the Patriarchs is today also a place of unrest.

A tense city contested more than shared, the writer from abroad had found “little interest” in Hebron until “a twist of fate” facilitated a visit. An illuminating exploration through its alleyways revealed a city with a turbulent past and uncertain future.

From the ‘United Kingdom’ to the ‘Divided City’

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

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