The Israel Brief- 11-14 January 2021

The Israel Brief – 11 January 2021 – Covid/Vaccination update. The road to elections. Will Abbas announce New elections?



The Israel Brief – 12 January 2021 – Covid numbers high as vaccine rolls out. Germany and France demand 2 state solution. Why are political events online and off being compared to Kristallnacht?



The Israel Brief – 13 January 2021 – Covid vaccines showing results. Pompeo makes announcement re Al Qaeda. Remembering Sheldon Adelson z”l.



The Israel Brief – 14 January 2021 – When will lock down lift? Hamas bars patients from Christian field hospital. UNRWA textbooks full of incitement.





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 (0&EO)

The Israel Brief- 04-07 January 2021

The Israel Brief – 04 January 2021 – Israel on alert for Iranian retaliation for Suleimani. Is Israel responsible for vaccinating the Palestinians? Arab Israelis sign up to IDF in record number.



The Israel Brief – 05 January 2021 – Israel headed into extended lockdown? US and Israel vote against UN budget. Female intelligence unit in IDF.



The Israel Brief – 06 January 2021 – Israel to receive Moderna vaccines. Israel to open diplomatic missions in UAE. Election musical chairs.



The Israel Brief – 07 January 2021 – PM Netanyahu comments on events in US. Israel prepares for tougher lock down. IDF bolsters security in South.








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 (0&EO)

The Israel Brief- 28-31 December 2020

The Israel Brief – 28 December 2020 – Israel is Vaccination Nation. Are Israel and the UAE trying to shutter UNRWA? The Red Cross accuse “Fauda” of violating human right laws (should we tell them it is fiction?).



The Israel Brief – 29 December 2020 – Operation “Give a Shoulder”. The road to elections is paved with drama! 20 000 make aliyah in 2020.



The Israel Brief – 30 December 2020 – Covid and election update. Will Saudi normalise? Israel sends humanitarian aid to Croatia.




he Israel Brief – 31 December 2020 – The year that was – a look back on the main stories in 2020 in Israel.



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 (0&EO)

The Israel Brief- 21-24 December 2020

The Israel Brief – 21 December 2020 – Police hunt for killer and motives for murder of mom of six. Covid and Vaccine update. Will Israel avoid going to elections?



The Israel Brief – 22 December 2020 – Historic flight to Morocco. Israel heads to the polls March 2021. Covid updates.



The Israel Brief – 23 December 2020 – Is Israel heading into another lockdown? Morocco agreements signed. The road to elections. Again.



The Israel Brief – 24 December 2020 – Israel to go into 2 week lockdown. Dramatic election announcements. US labels settlement goods “Made in Israel”.







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 (0&EO)

The Israel Brief- 14-17 December 2020

The Israel Brief – 14 December 2020 – Two more countries normalise ties with Israel. Deal on prisoner swap closer? Hanan Ashrawi quits.




The Israel Brief – 15 December 2020 – Covid and Vaccine update. Leifer to be extradited. Corbyn starts a movement.



The Israel Brief – 16 December 2020 – Covid and Vaccine updates. Gal Gadot lights up the Burj Khalifa. Election drama starts.



The Israel Brief – 17 December 2020 – Covid update. Saudi Arabia amends textbooks. Malka Leifer to be extradited.



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 (0&EO)

The Israel Brief- 07-10 December 2020

The Israel Brief – 07 December 2020 – Clashes at Qalandiya injures troops. Israel headed into third wave and lockdown? Budget balagan.



The Israel Brief – 08 December 2020 – Covid Chanukah Curfew. Iranians thank Mossad? Israel humanitarian aid in Honduras.



The Israel Brief – 09 December 2020 – The vaccines have landed. Sa’ar breaks from Likud to form new party. Why would a Sheik buy 50% of Beitar Jerusalem?



The Israel Brief – 10 December 2020 – Vaccination Nation – plans to roll out vaccine. Norway cuts aid to Palestinians over antisemitism and hate incitement in educational material. Netanyahu to visit Egypt.



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 (0&EO)

The Israel Brief- 30 November – 03 December 2020

The Israel Brief – 30 November 2020 – Iranian chief nuke scientist assassinated. Kushner jets to Saudi Arabia. Remembering the Jewish refugees from MENA countries.



The Israel Brief – 01 December 2020 – Is Israel headed to elections? BAHRAINI official headed to Israel to increase trade. Slovenia recognizes Hezbollah as terror organisation.





The Israel Brief – 02 December 2020 – Biden to re-enter Iranian nuke deal? Curfews for Chanukah? BAHRAIN and Israel sign agreements to increase trade and tourism.



The Israel Brief – 03 December 2020 – It is a good news edition of The Israel Brief!




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

The Israel Brief- 23-26 November 2020

The Israel Brief – 23 November 2020 – Bibi in Saudi? Rockets and Corona. Panel on anti-Semitism features arch antisemites.



The Israel Brief – 24 November 2020 – Normalization updates! Israel to get Pfizer vaccines next month? Israel ranks 1 for female entrepreneurs!




The Israel Brief – 25 November 2020 – Soldiers in tragic crash identified. IAF strike targets in Syria. Israel vocal on combatting domestic violence.



The Israel Brief – 26 November 2020 – Israel to pilot test opening 15 malls. Marhaba to the first commercial flight from the UAE. Canada appoints special envoy on antisemitism.




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

The Israel Brief- 16-19 November 2020

The Israel Brief – 16 November 2020 – Israel to send second astronaut into space. Israel demands an apology from CNN over Amanpour’s Kristallnacht comments. Assassination of Al Qaedas second in command.



The Israel Brief – 17 November 2020 – Did Trump want a strike on Iran? BAHRAINI official expected in Israel. Amanpour apologises.



The Israel Brief – 18 November 2020 – Israel welcomes delegation from Bahrain. IDF strike targets in Syria. Rivlin and Netanyahu phone Biden.



The Israel Brief – 19 November 2020 – US State Department designates BDS as antiSemitic. Palestinians return Ambassadors to UAE and Bahrain. Corona updates.




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

The Israel Brief- 09-12 November 2020

The Israel Brief – 09 November 2020 – US Election results and Abbas makes demands. Is Pfizer closer to a vaccine? Remembering Kristallnacht. Tribute to Rabbi Sacks z”l.



The Israel Brief -10 November 2020 – Saeb Erekat dies. Israel Covid update. Normalisation updates.



The Israel Brief -11 November 2020 – Update on the F35 deal. Is Israel opening up more restrictions? Will Israel head to elections again?






The Israel Brief -12 November 2020 – What can we expect from the last 70 days of the Trump administration? Israel working to acquire Pfizer vaccine. Cooperation between Israel and Sudan.

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