Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 29 November 2020

Unveiling the contours and contrasts of an ever-changing Middle East landscape
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Beauty and the Beach

An architectural masterpiece on Tel Aviv coastline will elevate city’s global cultural status

By David E. Kaplan

Marvel on the Med. A ‘shape’ of things to come, an emerging cultural icon -Tel Aviv’s World’s Jewish Museum.
 

Picturesquely positioned  between the deep blue of the Mediterranean and the Yarkon River, Tel Aviv’s future World’s Jewish Museum will  lift the city to new prominence in the world of contemporary design by packing ‘art’ into ’architecture’. Designed by the legendry Frank Gehry, the future museum will explore the contributions that Judaism, the Jewish people and Israel have made to civilization over 3,500 years of human history.

Beauty and the Beach

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First & Foremost

Allow our bodies to perform the way they were designed for

By Lionel Phillips

Breath of Fresh Air. Breathing correctly contributes to improved health and less taxing on country’s health services.

Each system in our body relies on the proper function of all other systems.  Should one be unable to function efficiently, all other systems will be adversely affected. International Fitness & Health Instructor, Lionel Phillips, instructs on how we can achieve the best of our bodies.

First & Foremost

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Weathering the Storm

Setting a course for family survival

By Gabi Crouse

Shush! Daddy Needs to Focus. Working from home while ‘managing’ the kids requires skillful parenting.

Coping with Corona is hardly a ‘breeze’! Employment concerns, financial uncertainties, working from home, managing the kids, ensuring healthy eating,   and monitoring school studies takes its toll on families. A wife, mother and new immigrant in Israel, the writer reveals with insight, wit and warmth, how to chart a course and emerge with a smile.

Weathering the Storm

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 22 November 2020

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Reach for the Stars

Israel preparing to send its second astronaut into space

By David E. Kaplan

From Ilan to Eytan. Close friends and colleagues, Eytan Stibbe (l) continues where Ilan Ramon (r) left off.

Go in peace and return in peace” was President Rivlin’s message to  Israel’s second astronaut, Eytan Stibbe set for lift off in 2021. The writer revisits his interview with Rona, the late widow of Israel’s first astronaut, Ilan Ramon, who perished with the crew of Columbia 17 years ago and muses over the pursuit of a nation’s dream.

Reach for the Stars

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The Year of “Awokening”

By Rolene Marks

Can It! An exasperated reaction to the tidal wave through every facet of western culture of ‘Wokeism’.

If coping with a Corona pandemic was not crazy enough, we have also had to contend with another bizarre global epidemic – ‘Wokeism’! As much a fashionable buzzword as a set of forever changing set of values, the writer tries to break it down and make sense of it all.

The Year of “Awokening”

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The Arab Voice

Arab writers from the Middle East opine on Sudan’s advantageous deal with Israel and on the perceived danger to the region of Erdogan remaining president of Turkey.

The Arab Voice

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 15 November 2020

Unveiling the contours and contrasts of an ever-changing Middle East landscape
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Jokes Aside

Jewish Humour – an antidote for all seasons

By David E. Kaplan

Ben on the Beach. Israel’s sole stature of an esteemed leader, Ben Gurion, is not to honor but to solicit laughs.

In an age where public discourse can be so vindictive, vicious and venomous, humour provides – if not a vaccine – a comfort. Rather than capitulate in despair, people find amusement. Jews have managed this over 4000 years with humour – alongside Torah – as instruments of survival.

Jokes Aside
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Remembering Rabbi Sacks – Giant of the Jewish World

Global Jewry mourns one of its greatest.

By Rolene Marks

The Great Communicator. Towering intellectual giant and endearing personality, Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
 

In this polarizing age, humanity has lost one of its most eloquent spokesman in the passing of Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks who touched so many souls. Constantly striving to heal a fractured world, the writer joins with people of all faiths and backgrounds, in paying tribute to this towering intellect and titan of the Jewish world.  

Remembering Rabbi Sacks – Giant of the Jewish World

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A Rose is a Rose is a Rose is a Rose…

By Stephen Schulman

How does yesterday’s terrorists intent on causing death and destruction morph into today’s guest speakers at the world’s prestigious universities? While a word’s spelling may remain constant not always its meaning. The writer exposes the phenomenon in linguistics of how Zionists today are publicly abused, while their violent opponents enjoy the fragrance of innocence.  

 A Rose is a Rose is a Rose is a Rose…

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We Are Just Like You

By Diana Petrank Peledd

“Just the Two of Us”. An Israeli marriage in the age of Corona, without guests and a one-man-band.

Enduring long days of insolation and social distancing imposed by Corona lockdowns, the writer counsels “to take stock of our lives”. With a wealth of “time”, she rediscovers the fresh joys from cooking to reading and if we can’t visit friends, we can revisit “long filed away memories” that return “stored away items… back to life.”

We Are Just Like You

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 08 November 2020

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Lay of the land mourns the loss of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the United Kindom and the Commonwealth. A towering intellect and beacon of morality, toleranceand bridge building. Global Jewry have lost a titan, a “mensch” of the highest order. May his memory be blessed.

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

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Rabin Remembered

From the personal to the political – 25 years on from the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin

By David E. Kaplan

Stateman and Soldier. Yitzhak Rabin, a warrior who fell in the pursuit for peace.

On the occasion of the 25 anniversary of the assassination of Israel’s iconic Prime Minister at a peace rally in 1995, the writer revisits his meeting with the Prime Minister, as well as interviews with his daughter Dalia Rabin and his friend and advisor Eitan Haber for personal insights into the character of a man whose presence still looms over the future of this country.

Rabin Remembered

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Vienna Violated

Reflections of a resident the day after terror attack

By Caroline Shklarek Zelman

Fleeing in Fear. Women flee near the State Opera in Vienna following shootings across the center of the city.

The people of Vienna were out enjoying the final few hours of “freedom” at bars, restaurants and “a night at the opera” before a second  corona lockdown, when a terrorist went on a city spree of murder and mayhem. While adjusting to the pandemic, are Austrians  now to also ‘adjust’ to terrorism, questions the writer, a fearful resident of Vienna.

Vienna Violated

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Relief, Rage and Fear

Reflecting on official findings of antisemitism within Britain’s Labour Party

By Emma Picken

Love’s Labour Lost. Row within Labour over antisemitism has dragged on for years.

While Labour member is relieved that  the EHRC investigation into antisemitism within the Labour Party has revealed suppressed truths by exposing “unlawful acts of discrimination and harassment”, the writer shares her concerns about the future and asks: “Will justice be done for the community that suffered so badly?”

Relief, Rage and Fear

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 01 November 2020

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From 3 No’s to 3 Yeses

A dramatic turn-around towards peace

By David E. Kaplan

Farewell to Feuding. UAE waves to departing El Al plane following Israel-UAE normalisation talks in Abu Dhabi.

53 years after Israelis from Moshe Dayan to David Ben Gurion waited the call from Khartoum for peace following the ‘Six Day War’, the ‘call’ finally came.  With opinion polls of the Arab street throughout the region showing surprising support for normalising ties with Israel’, is a Middle East mindfully moving towards a future of peace and prosperity?

From 3 No’s to 3 Yeses

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Building the Foundations of Peace

By Rolene Marks

Tragedy to Triumph. Falling from a window, Palestinian girl’s recovery in Israeli hospital inspires coexistence project.

Sometimes the best is achieved by ordinary people than politicians! A Palestinian mother’s fierce and determined love for her young daughter, blossomed into a cooperative healthcare project that is today building bridges between Israelis and Palestinians.

Building the Foundations of Peace

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A System for All Seasons

Plants having “A Field Day” in South Africa thanks to Israeli expertise

By David E. Kaplan

Look Who’s Talking. Farmers can now simply place sensors in the field and let the plants do the talking.

Offering ‘Real-time Field Monitoring Technology’, South African farmers are discovering that  Israel’s SupPlant’s innovative technology of providing an online platform and smartphone application designed to collect real-time sensor data directly from the field means – “Less Water and More Yield”.

A System for All Seasons

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 25 October 2020

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Passing of a Pioneer

The early years of Les Sheer who left a legacy on the landscape of Israel

By David E. Kaplan

Times were Tough. An animated Les Sheer describing life on kibbutz Timorim in the late 1940s in Northern Israel.
 

Moving from Johannesburg to a desolate hilltop in the Jezreel Valley with a young bride in the late 1940s, Les Sheer’s life mirrored the history of modern Israel. A pioneer on kibbutz Timorim to the planning and development of the Lechish Region to absorb immigrants from North Africa, Les Sheer left his mark  on the landscape and lives of many.

Passing of a Pioneer

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Herbert had a Dream

Farewell to the lyricist of the world’s longest running musical, Les Misérables

By David E. Kaplan

Making Music for Millions. Armed with pen and cigarette, Herbert Kretzmer (left) working with Charles Aznavour in 1965.
 

A man whose poignant prose are hummed by millions, Herbert Kretmer’s ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from Les Misérables best encapsulates the life of the world famous lyricist. The writer recalls the life and times of this “great communicator” in an interview in Israel in 2015.

Herbert had a Dream

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Arab writers from the Middle East opine on shifts in attitude in Lebanon towards Israel, the failings of Palestine leadership and the suspenseful sense in the Middle East of the US election feeling like a local election.

The Arab Voice

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 18 October 2020

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Tel Aviv on Track

Tracking history, City launches new railway park

By David E. Kaplan

Past and Present. Early train powered by a steam locomotive (left) and the new Train Track Park in Tel Aviv today.

The writer’s stroll in Tel Aviv’s new “Train Track Park” was as much a walk into the past as an embrace of the future, as he “tracks” earlier travelers from the Theodore Herzl and reflects on the words of  the “father of modern Hebrew”, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda,  who saw the laying of the original track as a symbol of “the victory of enlightenment”.

Tel Aviv on Track

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Israel’s Earth Shot

Tiny in size – giant in efforts to protect the environment, Israel is leading by example

By Rolene Marks

Movers & Shakers. Inspiring voices for change – Sir Richard Attenborough and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

With the quest to “Save Our Planet’ promoted by such global luminaries as Sir David Attenborough and the inspirational Earthshot Prize initiator, Prince Williamthe Duke of Cambridge, Israel standsin the vanguard  to ensure that future generations inherit a healthier environment.

Israel’s Earth Shot

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A Lone Soldier on a Mission in Syrian Territory

During the Yom Kippur War

By Jonathan Davis

Men on a Mission. They escaped almost certain death or captivity 47 years ago behind enemy lines in Syria.

Strong leadership, top training, camaraderie and remaining calm under extreme life-threatening danger, is what saved this group of Israeli fighters surrounded by the enemy in the heat of battle 47 years ago this month. A personal insight by one of the young warriors at the time.

A Lone Soldier on a Mission in Syrian Territory

During the Yom Kippur War

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 11 October 2020

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From Meddling to Menace

A hungry Turkey itching to gobble all  before her

By David E. Kaplan

  Man with a Mission. Two-fisted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a typical tirade.  

2020 has seen Turkey going berserk in the proverbial barnyard, interfering aggressively in states across the Middle East. With President Erdogan’s statement this October at the opening of the Turkish parliament that “Jerusalem is ours”, what is the wannabe Sultan’s intent towards  Israel?

From Meddling to Menace

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Zoom Says No to Terror

Virtual meeting giant puts the kibosh on webinar featuring terrorist

By  Rolene Marks

The Jury is In. Leading social media platforms say “No to terrorists”.
 

When ZOOM in September declined to host a San Francisco State University webinar with arch terrorist Leila Khaled, was this social media’s turning point in emphatically determining the line between “hate speech” and “freedom of speech”?  

Zoom Says No to Terror
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The Arab Voice – October 2020

Arab writers from the Middle East and beyond, opine on the shift towards peace of the Gulf states towards Israel, the increasing danger of an unchecked predatorial Turkey and Kuwait’s devasted education system due to Covid-19.

The Arab Voice – October 2020

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 04 October 2020


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Chag Sukkot Sameach (Happy Sukkot holiday)

A festival celebrated in temporary dwellings, we wish all around the world this 2020, a healthy and speedy return from the ‘dwelling’ of separation brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.


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The New Normal

Young Emiratis and Israelis chat online after UAE and Israel sign “Normalization” deal

By David E. Kaplan

It’s Personal.  Young Emiratis and Israelis engage on Zoom about their lives, their countries and their futures.

A fresh ‘Winds of Change’ is blowing across the Middle East as we hear in conversation between young Israelis and Emiratis as they chat not about  F35 fighters and Iran but about their lives and dreams for the future. Is it a change of season where the future can bury the past?

The New Normal

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An Arab-Israeli take on the Abraham Accords

“The Palestinians will get on the train … It will just not happen at the very first stop.”

By Ruth Wasserman Lande, a former advisor to President Shimon Peres

With Flying Colors. Flags of the UAE, Israel and Bahrain are emblazoned on the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City.

With insight of one who lived in Cairo, Egypt for several years, the writer opines on the transition from the “cold peace” that characterized earlier agreements, to Israel’s 2020  “normalization”  agreements with Gulf states.  Despite “a future not without complexity” is it a new dawn?

An Arab-Israeli take on the Abraham Accords

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Braving Bidud

My ‘bidud diary’ or exasperated rant!

By Martine Maron Alperstein

Home Alone. In isolation at home for exposure to Covid-19, viewing the world from an apartment window. 

Day 11 of bidud (isolation due to exposure to covid-19) and this writer in central Israel is “irritated”, “impatient”, “angry” and “frustrated” as she tends to family, self and work.    A personal insight in coping when your life  is literally – on hold!

Braving Bidud

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

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Articles

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‘Charging’ Down the Drag

Tel Aviv-Yafo is paving the way for electric roads of tomorrow

By David E. Kaplan

Transport of Tomorrow.  A bus “charging” along a busy Tel Aviv street.
 

Tel Aviv-Yafo lives up to its reputation as “A City on the Move”  by introducing its first electric road. Looking ‘down the road’, we explore an environmentally friendlier future following this latest ‘smart move’.

‘Charging’ Down the Drag

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The Right Kind of Notorious

By Rolene Marks

Small in physical stature, we pay tribute to this towering legal giant and Jewish, feminist icon who imagined a new world and worked to make it happen. Chapeau to the “Notorious RBG”.

The Right Kind of Notorious

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Major Contributing ‘Faktor’

The Entebbe Raid of 1976 revisited

By David E. Kaplan

Escape from Entebbe. In July 6, 1976, the world learns a word – “Entebbe”

This month’s passing of a former South African doctor in Israel, brought back memories of one of the most successful rescue operations in history, when Israel mounted a daring night-time raid on Uganda’s Entebbe airport to free the hostages held by pro-Palestinian terrorists. Amongst the medical team was one intrepid Dr. Jossy Faktor.

Major Contributing ‘Faktor’

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

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While the mission of Lay of the Land (LotL) is to provide a wide and diverse perspective of affairs in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world, the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by its various writers are not necessarily ones of the owners and management of LOTL but of the writers themselves.  LotL endeavours to the best of its ability to credit the use of all known photographs to the photographer and/or owner of such photographs