Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 19 March 2023

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 today is a house divided –  the message from the street, “Buckle Up”

By David E. Kaplan

Streets of Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv is “a city that never sleeps”. It’s now a city that never lets the government sleep either!

Not only has Netanyahu’s ‘coalition of the crazies’ divided Jew from Jew within Israel; it has divided the ‘House of Israel’– the Jewish state from the Jewish world. With positions hardening instead of easing, where to now?


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A personal  perspective of Israelis living with terrorism on their streets

By Jonathan Feldstein

‘Sitting’ Targets. Tables and chairs in disarray following shooting spree at city restaurant in central Tel Aviv.

ONLY MINUTES” rings over and over in the writer’s mind for it was the time it would have taken for his 26-year-old daughter to reach where a lone gunman opened fire on a crowd at a restaurant in Tel Aviv’s popular Dizengoff Street. Family Stocktaking is the panic practice as soon as news breaks in Israel of another terrorism attack!


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Can the South African experience be a guiding force? It could and should

By Ostern Tefo

Tapping into Israeli Innovation. Israeli Sivan opens a tap of clean water for the first time in remote Tanzania.

With South Africa “on its knees” with rolling blackouts, the world’s highest unemployment rate, poor access to healthcare and “a murder rate higher than the present death toll in Ukraine,” the writer counsels that his country could benefit – by joining with countries elsewhere in Africa – with closer ties with Israel.


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

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