Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 09 July 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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It’s getting suffocating, Israelis need to attack the country’s issues, not each other

By David E. Kaplan

Streetwise. The people know why they are taking to the streets and why they cannot stop.

“For Israel to continue to thrive, it must continue to build,” says a West Bank settlement mayor, a sentiment hardly shared by possibly a majority of Israelis. Like the bulldozers that will prepare contested ground, so this Netanyahu coalition bulldozes policies on contested issues.  The government is not running but ruining the country.


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Israelis may protest against each other but the message to its enemies is we are here to stay

By Yair Chelouche and David E. Kaplan

Menacing Map. Seeking integration in a neighbourhood that seeks Israel’s disintegration.

Israelis may argue amongst themselves on the character of the state – as the vigorous protests now into their 27th week clearly demonstrates – but on the very existence of a Jewish state there is no argument. A message to a Saudi journalist who argues that Middle East Arab countries have still not come round to accepting Israel’s “right to exist”.


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

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