Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 12 June 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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Jewish Canadian philanthropist welcomes demise of present ‘coalition of chaos’ government believing Israel will emerge stronger.

By David E. Kaplan

Then and Now. Birthright cofounder Bronfman identified problems then as he identifies them today.

In 2009, the writer interviewed philanthropist Charles Bronfman on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the revolutionary programme that the Canadian had co-founded and co-funded. Having diagnosed a decade earlier the fragility of the Jewish diaspora landscape, Taglit-Birthright was the response. Focusing foresight this time to Israeli politics, Bronfman believes the current coalition will fall and Israel will be the stronger for it.


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Wounded veterans from the UK and Israel compete in Veterans games in Tel Aviv

By Rolene Marks

War to Tug-of-War. Families of wounded veterans from UK and Israel join a spirited game of tug-of-war.

From the Normandy landings in June ‘44 to the Six Day War of June ‘67, JUNE stands out as the milestone month for Israel to have held the the Veteran Games organized by the Beit Halochem (House of the Warrior) organisation. Families from the UK accompanied their wounded loved ones to Israel in keeping with the organization’s philosophy that all in the family play a crucial role when injured ‘vets’ returns home from war. Read here to learn more.


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Perpetual poverty for part of the population should never be government policy

By Neville Berman

Ticking Time Bomb. How will unemployment rates within Haredi community impact Israel’s future?

Israel’s controversial 2023 budget will increase state handouts to religious institutions denying their ever-increasing young members an education to secure employment and provide for their families. This policy will cost taxpayers billions of shekels and result in a growing section of society dependent on government handouts for generations. The writer, an accountant, wrestles with the impact on Israeli society.


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

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