Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 17 April 2022

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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While we are now in Chol Hamoed  – that “intermediate period” of the 8 days of Passover that celebrates our eternal breakaway from bondage – this is the perfect time for more relaxed ‘breakaways” enjoying fun family outings. Lay of the Land will return after Chol Hamoed on Sunday 24 April 2022

Chag Pesach Sameach



Celebrating Passover

From a people to a nation we relive the long journey to freedom

By Justin Amler

One People. Leaving Egypt, we were not white, black or brown. Mizrachi or Ashkenazim; we were Israelites – Jews.

Celebrating Passover

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Is it any Wonder?

From messaging to targeting – Jews in the firing line

By David E. Kaplan

Terror in Tel Aviv. Israelis light candles for the victims of the terrorist attack in Dizengoff Street in central Tel Aviv.

Is it any Wonder?

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From Paralysis to Pragmatism

Revising the peacemaking modality between Israel and the Palestinians from resolving to reducing

By Samuel Hyde

Unsettling Situation. The sharp split in a society divided by opposing visions is captured in this visual faceoff.

From those fixated that the Israeli-Palestine conflict “can be solved” to those resolved that  it can only be “be managed”, the writer jettisons dreams for reality by arguing less ambitiously for REDUCING rather than SOLVING.

From Paralysis to Pragmatism

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He Died so that Others may Live

Remembering Christian Arab-Israeli officer Amir Khoury who bravely gave his life to save Jews

By Jonathan Feldstein

Face of a Hero. Police officer Amir Khoury from Nof Hagalil put himself in the firing line without hesitation in Bnei Brak 

It may be rare to pay a condolence call on the family of a deceased who are all personally unknown but that is what this writer did. Driving hours across Israel to pay his respects to the Arab family of Police officer Amir Khoury who died a hero in a terrorist attack in Bnei Brak, the writer reveals from his visit, illuminating intimacies and insights.

He Died so that Others may Live

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

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