Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 29 May 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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From bicycle saddle to hospital bed – some existential thoughts about self and country

By David E. Kaplan

Staying on Track. Shifting from muscles to  musings this cyclist takes a cerebral route.

This writer went cycling on Israel’s Independence Day and arrived at a destination unplanned – the surgical ward in a local hospital! With all the time in the world, the cyclist journeyed on from pedaling to pondering on scenarios of Israel’s past that ‘paved’ the way to thankful futures.


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Can women across the world move freely in their cities?

A British study says no – an Israeli app now says yes

By Diana Grosz

Finding Freedom. If in a car you ‘buckle up’, when you step out use SafeUP.

Despite remarkable progress to make societies safer, half the world’s population is not truly protected – WOMEN! Nearly two thirds of women feel unsafe in cities and restrict their lifestyles to mollify their fear. An Israeli app comes to the rescue for women anywhere in the world.

Can women across the world move freely in their cities?

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Enlisting support against delisting terrorists

By Jonathan Feldstein

Bad Boys. There is overwhelming evidence that the IRGC is the largest and most powerful sponsor of global terrorism.

Why NOW is the US administration considering delisting  5 “defunct” terror organisations from its foreign terrorist list? Is it related to the far from “defunct” lethal Iranian IRGC that is/was also being considered for delisting? The writer unpacks the convoluted reasoning behind these strange deal-making machinations.


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LOTL Cofounders David E. Kaplan (Editor), Rolene Marks and Yair Chelouche

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