Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 20 April 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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From Monday 24, April through to Wednesday 26, April 2023

Lay of the Land joins with the people of Israel on its day of national remembrance to solemnly commemorate soldiers and civilians who lost their lives during the struggle to defend the State of Israel and to joyously celebrate thereafter as it leads the next day to Israel’s 75th birthday.

What’s happening in Israel today? See from every Monday – Thursday LOTL’s The Israel Brief broadcasts and on our Facebook page and YouTube by seasoned TV & radio broadcaster, Rolene Marks familiar to Chai FM listeners in South Africaand millions of American listeners to the News/Talk/Sports radio station WINA, broadcasting out of Virginia, USA.

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Rockets and terror attacks rain sorrow on Israelis

By Rolene Marks

There’s hardly an Israeli family untouched by the “icy grip of loss” from war or terrorism. Although no formal declarations, it has recently felt like WAR with too many casualties on Israel’s streets from terrorism and barrages of rockets from Lebanon, Gaza and Syria.  Sadly, too many fresh names to mourn this upcoming Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day).


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Realpolitik-Israel and Poland April 2023

By Stephen Schulman

Poles Apart. It’s important that visitors to camps in Poland are not side-tracked by Polish propaganda

With the Polish government’s attempts to “create a squeaky-clean past” of its countrymen during the Shoah by “sweeping under the carpet” war crimes of its citizens against its Jewry, educational trips to Poland have become complicated and controversial.


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Israelis question the senseless murder of its civilians in public places

By Jonathan Feldstein

Community Comforts. Youth gather for prayer in Dee family’s neighbourhood after the terror strike.

Jerusalem one day Tel Aviv the next – the hand of a terrorist could be clutching a firearm, a knife or the steering wheel of a car. The word “why” in Hebrew is “lama” but “lama” is similar to “le ma”, which in English means “what for”. With the uptick in terror, Israelis are not only asking “Why?” but also “What for”.


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

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