The Israel Brief- 05-08 April – 2021

The Israel Brief – 05 April 2021 – President Rivlin meets political party heads. Netanyahu in court appearance for trial. Abbas airlifted for medical treatment.




The Israel Brief – 06 April 2021 – Rivlin taps Netanyahu to form coalition. Day 2 of PM’s trial. New stats ahead of Yom Hashoa.





The Israel Brief – 07 April 2021 – Did Israel attack an Iranian vessel? Sudan repeals 63 year old boycott law. Israel begins to commemorate Yom Hashoa.





The Israel Brief – 08 April 2021 – Israel comes to a standstill in remembrance. Biden Administration restores aid to Palestinians. Israel lifts more restrictions.






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The Israel Brief- 30 March – 01 April 2021

The Israel Brief – 30 March 2021 – Celebrating Pesach! The coalition building begins! The last remaining Jews of Yemen expelled.

The Israel Brief – 31 March 2021 – Welcoming the new Ambassador from Bahrain. 10 years of the Iron Dome. Coalition update.



The Israel Brief – 01 April 2021 – Israel to vaccinate adolescent pending FDA approval. First major deal with Bahrain. Are we closer to a coalition.

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- 22-25 March 2021

The Israel Brief – 22 March 2021 – The eve of elections, again. IDF Chief condemns ICC investigation. Palestinians roll out vaccines.


The Israel Brief – 23 March 2021 – Israelis head to the polls. Will Saudi Arabia normalize with Israel? Attack on a pregnant woman in London.



The Israel Brief – 24 March 2021 – Election results so far. IAF strike targets in response to rockets. Quartet and China start proposing talks for 2 state solution.




The Israel Brief – 25 March 2021 – Election deadlock drama. UNHRC passes 4 anti-Israel Resolutions. Israel prepares for Pesach.



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The Israel Brief- 15-18 March 2021

The Israel Brief – 15 March 2021 – Are masks soon a thing of the past? Yeduda Meshi Zahav to be investigated. Kosovo opens Embassy in Jerusalem.



The Israel Brief – 16 March 2021 – Travel opens (at least a little). Were Meshi Zahav allegations historically covered up? Israel’s envoy to UN launches campaign to get institution to accept IHRA.



The Israel Brief – 17 March 2021 – Who will be next to normalize ties? Who will be the kingmaker in the elections? Latest Covid updates – and they are all positive!


The Israel Brief – 18 March 2021 – Diplomatic hurdle with UAE? ICC sent formal letter of investigation. Rubi in Europe.





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- 08-11 March 2021

The Israel Brief – 08 March 2021 – Happy Women’s Day! Pope Francis in Iraq. 5 million Israelis vaccinated.




The Israel Brief – 09 March 2021 – Iran enriching more uranium. Two attempted terror attacks thwarted. Loads of Covid updates.



The Israel Brief – 10 March 2021 – Announcement about Eli Cohen. More flights allowed into Israel. Diplomatic corps cast their vote.






The Israel Brief – 11 March 2021 – Bibi cancels UAE visit. Hamas reelect Sinwar. IDF first for herd immunity.

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- 01-04 March 2021

The Israel Brief – 01 March 2021 – Iran responsible for blast on Israeli ship. Gantz visits Jordan. Welcome to the new Emirati ambassador.



The Israel Brief – 02 March 2021 – Israel to lift more restrictions. Supreme Court landmark ruling. BBC Politics holds offensive panel debating if Jews are ethnic minorities.




The Israel Brief – 03 March 2021 – Austria and Denmark look to Israel for vaccine production. Gantz vows to protect Israelis from ICC. Israel appeals to UN Security Council over blast.




The Israel Brief – 04 March 2021 – Oil spill update – was it environmental terror? ICC push forward with investigation. Israel to vaccinate Palestinian workers.




The Schilling Show – 16 February 2021 – Rolene discusses ICC ruling.





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The Israel Brief- 22-25 February 2021

The Israel Brief – 22 February 2021 – Israel opens up slowly. Oil spill wreaks havoc on Israeli coastline. SNL anti-Semitic joke no laughing matter.




The Israel Brief – 23 February 2021 – Blinken and Ashkenazi speak again. Khameini talks of “Zionist clown”? At least 70% of Israelis received1st vaccine.




The Israel Brief – 23 February 2021 – Israel to give vaccines to other countries. Oil spill clean up. US Ambassador to UN vows to fight anti-Semitic BDS groups.








The Israel Brief – 24 February 2021 – Israel to open by April? Sales of seafood banned due to oil spill. NBC Nurses hatred.

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- 15-18 February 2021

The Israel Brief – 15 February 2021 – Israel starts to emerge from lock down – all the updates. Beth Din Arabia – absolutely historic. Bensouda replaced at ICC.



The Israel Brief – 16 February 2021 – Israel starts to open up! Hamas rule women not to travel without male companion. Child Soldiers Week.





The Israel Brief – 17 February 2021 – Israel asks Russia to help with humanitarian issue in Syria. Blinken: diplomacy an option with Iran. Jerusalem of snow!



The Israel Brief – 18 February 2021 – Biden and Bibi phonecall. Syrian prisoner negotiation. Fauci lauds Israel’s vaccine rollout.





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- 08-11 February 2021

The Israel Brief – 08 February 2021 – The ICC announces investigation of Israel. Lock down starts to lift! Israel Press Institute inaugurated.



The Israel Brief – 09 February 2021 – Blinken talks Golan. Greece and Israel sign bilateral travel agreement. UAE to stop aid to UNRWA. Iranian Intelligence Minister “we may be pursuing nuclear weapons”.



The Israel Brief – 10 February 2021 – Health Ministry puts forward plans to open economy. Countries join Israel against ICC investigation. IDF release military assessment.



The Israel Brief – 11 February 2021 – London Jewish Chronicle expose on Fakhrazideh assassination. Knesset takes on social media platforms. Covid infections lowest since December.



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- 01-04 February 2021

The Israel Brief – 01 February 2021 – Tension in Israel over Haredim attending funerals. Kosovo and Israel to establish formal diplomatic ties. Jewish space lasers?



The Israel Brief – 02 February 2021 – Palestinians receive 2000 vaccines from Israel. Secretary of State Blinken: Iran capable of nuke soon. Is Facebook going to police the word Zionism?



The Israel Brief – 03 February 2021 – Israel to vaccinate citizens 16 and up. Biden administration embrace IHRA. Black-Jewish Alliance formed.



The Israel Brief – 04 February 2021 – Israel to start lifting lock down. UN Sec Gen hopes for new negotiations between Israel and Palestinians. Zimbabwe and Israel ties warming up?



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)