Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 10 September 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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Lay of the Land express our condolences to all who have lost their loved ones in the horrific earthquake in Morocco. Our prayers are with all who are affected.Israel is sending search and rescue teams and humanitarian assistance. We stand with the people of Morocco.

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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While confidence in Netanyahu’s government drops, consumer prices rise

By David E. Kaplan

Taking Stock. Prices at the till sour as people’s confidence in Israel’s governing coalition plummets.

As an extreme right-wing government struggles with bulldozing forward on judicial overhaul, Israeli consumers struggle with rising prices. Breaking with his governing coalition colleagues, Likud MK David Bitan admitted this week the folly and the harm of this track. Is he a lone voice in government or will others follow?


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A highpoint of  a tour of northern Israel proved to be the highest point overlooking Rosh Pina

By Stephen Schulman

Picturesque and Poignant. A tranquil lookout named after Nimrod Segev who fell in the Second Lebanon War. 

A majestic observation terrace overlooking Rosh Pina unveils to visitors not only a vista of Israel’s fertile north, but a vista – in the words of the writer – of “selflessness, sacrifice, loss, grief, love and affirmation.” The contours of nature and human relationships all merge at Nimrod Lookout.


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There is no escaping the turbulence and torment

A poem by Fonda Dubb

Time out from Tumult. Protester lies in foliage during massive demonstration in Jerusalem against judicial overhaul.

Israel’s current crisis is not only of the state but the state of its people. From being a “happy people” as multiple polls attest, Israelis are less happy today at their country’s shift from democracy. Some have found an outlet by expressing their feelings not only in protest but also in poetry.


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

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