Opinion

Jerusalem Post's talented team of journalists provides insight into their work presented in the opinion section. This section highlights the beliefs and values that experienced writers who are witnessing the Middle East turmoil unfold. Their first hand encounters with world leaders have shaped their opinions and world views to be shared on this page.

Azerbaijan’s Jewish connection: Committed to centuries old kinship

Jewish communities in Azerbaijan are among the numerous ethnic groups that coexisted with the general population and continue to do so to this day.

By GUIVAMI RAHIMLI
08/08/2020
The 30th anniversary of the outbreak of the Gulf War: A Cuban perspective

At the end of July, we were on a family vacation in Havana. We had flown from Mexico with a boisterous group of young Danish Communists on their way to cut sugar cane in the Marxist paradise.

Hagia Sophia and Jordan’s crimes against international law

Despite all the lies parroted by the modern world, the Muslim conquerors knew well that Jerusalem was not their home.

By RAFAEL KORENZECHER
09/08/2020
Jabotinsky in the mirror of reality

After decades of his teachings being pushed to the margins of public discourse, today Jabotinsky finally receives a proper place in history.

High Court of Justice prepares for hearing on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can form the
Women are allowed to receive rabbinic accreditation, High Court rules

Mainstream Orthodox Judaism does not yet recognize women as rabbis, there is no reason that women cannot take the tests that are otherwise given to men studying to become rabbis.

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
Three encounters with Rabbi Steinsaltz, a great man

Because of his works, we all have the ability to realize the passion for knowledge and wonder that sprouts from every page of the Talmud.

By RABBI MISHAEL ZION
07/08/2020
Brit Shalom and Peter Beinart - analyzing Jewish-Palestinian land solution

Arguments for a binational “solution” are a century old – and they collapsed under the weight of Jewish blood and Arab intransigence.

06/08/2020
The Beirut Port after Tuesday’s explosion that killed at least 157 and wounded more than 5,000
With Hezbollah in charge, the destruction of Beirut was matter of time

What did Lebanon expect? What did the citizens of a country sadly known for years of civil war and internal strife think would happen, after they let their country be taken hostage by terrorists?

06/08/2020
El Al Israel Airlines planes are seen on the tarmac at Ben Gurion International airport in Lod
Gamzu intends to open Israel's skies, but so much more needs to be done

The skies need to open, but, for the open skies plan to work, so much more needs to be done.

Retired? Avoid these money miscues

If retirement means laying on a beach and rubbing cocoa butter on your stomach, about 48 hours of that will be enough for most people. You’ll want something new. - Tim Ferriss

By AARON KATSMAN
06/08/2020
Pregnant woman (Illustrative)
Hillel's Tech Corner: Pregnancy care done right

Nuvo, a Tel-Aviv based start-up, has developed an innovative monitoring platform that women can administer at home as prescribed by their doctor.

06/08/2020
Here is the list of government's latest financial aid in Israel

An economic update amid the coronavirus crisis in Israel.

By LEON HARRIS
06/08/2020
Israeli police officers scuffle with demonstrators during a protest against Israeli prime minister B
Amid protests, Israel needs a full-time police commissioner

The Israel Police needs to have a properly appointed full-time police commissioner who will safeguard the public’s freedom to demonstrate.

What Netanyahu failed to learn from the Arab Spring

The history of the Arab Spring revolutions suggests that the recipe for regime change includes four essential ingredients.

By ELIE PODEH , ONN WINCKLER
06/08/2020
Who will replace Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister?

If the answer to this question had been self-evident, perhaps the political turmoil we’ve been experiencing over the last two years could have been avoided.

06/08/2020
What are Saudi Arabia’s nuclear intentions?

Perhaps, now, Saudi Arabia is set on a path intended to lead to the development of its own nuclear weapons program

 President Donald Trump, near an Israeli flag at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem
What does pro-Israel mean in the age of Trump?

What should define pro-Israel in 2020 across the political spectrum? Here are a few suggestions.

'October surprise' - Trump's last chance to get reelected legitimately

“October Surprise” is the American political term for a fake crisis – usually involving foreigners – that is “discovered” by a president trailing badly in the polls before elections.

By GWYNNE DYER
07/08/2020
The new kind of bigotry growing among progressives - opinion

“A climate of punishment, heretic hunting, recurrent feature of left-wing politics has set in, enforced in some places, through workplace discipline, including firings.”

‘Aren’t you dead yet?’ - Reflections on being a feather duster

My congregant’s question starkly reminds me that I’m no longer so young. The Bible spells it out in Psalm 37:25, “I was young, now I am old.”

haifa ammonia tank
Grapevine August 7, 2020: A farewell gift

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

RABBI SHLOMO KATZ: It’s just time to come home.
Aliyah: A 30-year retrospective

The privilege of participating in the grand drama of Jewish national renewal and redemption.

Smoke rises after an explosion was heard in Beirut, Lebanon August 4, 2020
Offering to help Lebanon doesn’t mean hailing its flag

It is one thing for Jerusalem to offer assistance, but it quite another that Tel Aviv cover its municipal building with the flag of that enemy country as a symbol of solidarity.

06/08/2020
CARRYING AN effigy of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, labeling him a ‘ganav’ (thief), at the demo
An open letter to our Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Does the fact that I don’t support the Likud, that I loved Yitzhak Rabin and admire David Ben-Gurion, turn me into a traitor?

TAKING UP torches in protest, outside the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem on August 1.
Coronavirus pandemic: Whither hope – or has hope withered?

Challenging times necessitate a reality check and far-reaching change.

Letters
August 6, 2020: Please, Mr. Postman

Readers of the Jerusalem Post Magazine have their say.

The law courts in Tel Aviv
Coronavirus has upended family law in Israel

There are more laws regulating family relationships than almost any other sphere of law.

By HAIM KATZ , ALUMA KATZ-BAR
05/08/2020
Employees of KANDO, a wastewater management technology firm, demonstrate a project of sewer surveill
Could corona evolve into a strategic threat?

A systemic crisis represents a strategic threat to a country because of the devastating effects it could produce. Thus, understanding its causes is of great importance.

By BAROUCH GILLES
05/08/2020
US PRESIDENT TRUMP is not one to hold back on Twitter.
Trump needs to get off Twitter and get down to business

Despite the lag in the polls, despite the difficult situation in the US, all the cards are in the hands of the president.

By YOSSI TATIKA
05/08/2020
DONALD TRUMP has said on many occasions that he will be president for life.
Trump is determined to delegitimize the Presidential election

In trying to delegitimize the election Trump has raised legitimate worries about how he might use the military to reject the outcome of November’s election.

Trump is a wannabe dictator. What if he won't go? - opinion

Trump has dictatorial tendencies and occasionally acts on them.

Operation Protective Edge
The two-state solution is dead. It's time to look for a new plan

Despite the arguments of the die-hard advocates of the two-state solution from both sides, I cannot perceive how it is still possible.

PALESTINIANS CLASH with soldiers during a protest against Israel’s plan to annex parts of the West B
Annexation is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. COVID-19 mustn't derail it

While understandably the coronavirus now dominates everyday life, we must continue to face our ongoing domestic and global security issues.

05/08/2020
A general view shows the damage at the site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August
The real tragedy for Lebanon is Hezbollah's continuing stranglehold

Hezbollah would rather the Lebanese people suffer, than let them partake of assistance offered by the Jewish state.

Social closeness is the spiritual essence of Tu Be’av and the reason that it should be among the hap
On Tu Be’av: The Festival of Love

The joy associated with Tu Be’av stems from the empowerment of equality as a value.

By RONEN NEUWIRTH
04/08/2020
A NEW bride and groom visit a blossoming almond grove in Latrun on their wedding day in 2019.
If one can't have a good marriage, at least have a good divorce

Get-refusal is nothing less than a disgrace. Although it is not forbidden by Jewish law, we have a moral and religious obligation to prevent it.

04/08/2020
Gantz’s Herzlian challenge: Appoint a Green Zionist to run KKL-JNF

A consensus is forming that Prof. Alon Tal is the right person for this difficult KKL-JNF job at this critical moment.

04/08/2020
Prof. Roni Gamzu speaks during a special briefing to the media held at the Knesset, on June 26, 2013
Israel must remain open to all Diaspora Jews, not just students

Israel should not turn away Jews under any circumstances, and that includes the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beinart ignores inconvenient truth on the reality in Israel – opinion

Most Israelis and Palestinians haven't given up on a two-state solution.

By NOGA TARNOPOLSKY/JTA
04/08/2020
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump walks past a map of reported coronavirus cases following a news briefing a
Donald Trump doesn't care about American lives. He must go

He enables hate, he emboldens violence, and ultimately, he practices a depraved indifference to human life.

By HEATHER STONE
03/08/2020
WOMEN WEAR face masks while shopping at a bazaar in Tehran, July 2020
It is time for peace with the Iranians - opinion

It is time to awaken the hope among the Iranians to make a real change.

By DAVID SHAYAN
04/08/2020
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attend the Libya summit in Berli
Russia moves to secure its investment in Libya

Mercenaries with ties to Kremlin seize oil fields, complicating a wide variety of conflicts.

By JUDAH WAXELBAUM
03/08/2020
NAACP PHILADELPHIA Chapter president Rodney Muhammad
Those responsible for modern antisemitism must also be held accountable

One of the most outrageous incidents emerged last week in America’s City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia.

Education, not censorship, must be used to tackle online antisemitism

All social media platforms should be adopting the IHRA definition of antisemitism and using it as an educational tool rather than for censorship.

A LIVESTREAM SERVICE from inside Temple Shir Shalom in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, March 202
Is COVID-19 the death of the synagogue?

The synagogue model is teetering and will, almost certainly, collapse.

Raoul Wallenberg
Celebrating the 108th birthday of Raoul Wallenberg: An unlikely hero

This young Swede demonstrated how one compassionate person can make a significant difference.

By BARUCH TENEMBAUM
03/08/2020
(From right to left) Congressman Gregory Meeks; Governor Andrew Cuomo, UJA CEO Eric Goldstein; Senat
Global chaos is breeding antisemitism. Global leaders must end it

These extraordinary last few months are a fascinating and worrying laboratory for understanding what happens when antisemitism is allowed to flourish.

By SIMA VAKNIN-GILL
04/08/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu consults on coronavirus with world leaders on July 29, 2020
No, Mr. Netanyahu, the Israeli media is not like North Korea's

Why does Benjamin Netanyahu think so ill of the media here?

Let them in

For the first time since the start of the “second wave,” the infection rate has fallen below threshold 1 – each contagious person is currently infecting less than one other person, it was disclosed Sunday.

COVID-19 crisis makes ‘routine’ experience of minorities unbearable

Minority communities are in constant pursuit of equal opportunity, particularly in education, employment and welfare.

03/08/2020
The Grand Synagogue at Krasnaya Sloboda.
Azerbaijan: a true and reliable strategic partner of Israel in the world

Azerbaijan, a predominantly Shi’ite country, is also home to other ethnic and religious groups, including ancient Zoroastrian, Christian and Jewish communities.

03/08/2020
MK DAVID AMSALEM arrives at the Jerusalem District Court on May 24.
Likud MK David Amsalem’s plenary performance

Amsalem was arguing that it is not the Right that is inciting its members to attack the Left, the courts and the legal system, but the Left that is responsible for the incitement in the country.

Will the educational institutions open this fall in Israel?

For the first time since the start of the “second wave,” the infection rate has fallen below threshold 1 – each contagious person is currently infecting less than one other person.

Time for a cool summer vacation high in the northern mountains

Despite the hot sumer heat and the coronavirus pandemic, there's still lots of places in Israel to go.

By TALY SHARON
01/08/2020
Israel's new Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi
Ashkenazi revitalized the IDF, now he can do the same to Foreign Ministry

Three key factors have coalesced to provide a rare opportunity for Ashkenazi to revitalize the ministry.

Why Israel does not need to rethink its relationship with Azerbaijan

There is no reason to “rethink” this relationship, because frankly, it’s one of the best there is.

By ALEXANDER GOLDENSTEIN
02/08/2020
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a televised speech on the occasion of the Iran
Wake up Twitter, shut down Khamenei’s account

"The thing is that Khamenei doesn’t just tweet about destroying Israel. He also tries to act on it."

An Iranian Officer of Revolutionary Guards with Israel flag drawn on his boots
Israel’s unique methods against the Iranian threat

The brilliance in Israel’s alleged reactions lay in how they have managed to face Iran on a number of fronts: in Iran, in Syria and in Lebanon.

By BENJAMIN WEIL
01/08/2020
Why doesn't Israeli media care about public amid coronavirus crisis?

The bottom line is that Israel’s media have a responsibility, first and foremost to the public, in helping the government to protect us from the virus.

By YISRAEL MEDAD , ELI POLLAK
02/08/2020
Coronavirus: Israel needs to invest in computing infrastructure

The current coronavirus crisis requires scientific collaboration on an unprecedented scale, and the platforms and infrastructure to support it.

By ODELIA LEVANON
01/08/2020
earth
A less crowded planet - an expected population decline

True, we will reach a peak in about forty years’ time of 9.7 billion, but by century’s end we will be sliding down the other side of the population mountain quite fast.

By GWYNNE DYER
01/08/2020
Amnesty International
Amnesty International vs. Morocco and Israel

Lately Amnesty has been targeting Israel through its fixation on Pegasus, a software that can be “injected” into smartphones to track the user’s location, calls, messages, etc.

By JULIO MESSER
01/08/2020
The world is continuing to ignore the sufferings of the Yazidis

No government is willing to step forward to help them rebuild their destroyed villages, not even their own governments.

A member of the audience looks on wearing a United States-Israel themed custom suit during the AIPAC
US Jews opposing Israeli policy must be included in Jewish unity talks

Israeli and Diaspora Jewry need to move forward in respectful partnership with one another, which must include a dialogue which has room for honest criticism.

By ILAN BLOCH
02/08/2020
Grapvine August 2, 2020: A painful anniversary

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

What is the story with Lebanon, and why are they attacking us? - opinion

I can’t answer all the questions on one foot, but just to put down here, I gave in a paper two Fridays ago ending with "history repeats itself the attack of Hezbollah is near." Why did I write that?

By A.Y. KATSOF
31/07/2020
The rise of antisemitism on the Left and in America - opinion

Antisemitic hate crimes are rising at an alarming pace, and according to the ADL, 2019 saw the highest level of antisemitic incidents since tracking began in 1979.

By MATTHEW WEARP
31/07/2020
Kai.ai company
Hillel's Tech Corner: Kai.ai flips the script on therapy

Kai.ai was founded at the beginning of 2020 and quickly raised a pre-seed round of investment from a number of serial entrepreneurs and academics.

30/07/2020
What the government isn't telling you about annexation – opinion

Without fully understanding the implications for our future, the Israeli Right with Netanyahu at the helm “marketed” one of the greatest dangers to the State of Israel as “a legitimate achievement.

By ILAN BARUCH
30/07/2020
In condemning antisemitism, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is in a league of his own

Earlier in the month, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar courageously penned an op-ed not just calling out antisemites in the black community, but also railing against the apathy toward hate in general.

By SAM GRUNDWERG
30/07/2020
A flight from Abu Dhabi lands at Ben-Gurion Airport in May.
UAE warns Israel that annexation risks losing out on normalization

The UAE has been unprecedentedly public in its warnings to Israelis about the consequences of annexation.

By HAISAM HASSANEIN , DANNY CITRINOWICZ
30/07/2020
The Wexner Foundation witch hunt could turn Israel into a backward state

If implemented, the exclusive and isolationist approach that Hacohen presented could prove dangerous, and potentially turn Israel into a backward state like North Korea.

By NADAV TAMIR
30/07/2020
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz pass each other in the
Former MK to 'Post': Lack of leadership plagues Israel's past and present

Our so-called “unity government” has proven to be filled with ministers who are suspicious of one another and unwilling to yield power to the others.

30/07/2020
Palestinians shouldn’t bet on Biden to deliver peace or a state – opinion

When serving as vice president to Obama, Biden had a warmer relationship with Israeli leaders, including Benjamin Netanyahu, than Obama did.

By BISHARA A. BAHBAH
30/07/2020
Rabbi Haim Sabato
Rabbi Haim Sabato mourns loss of national purpose, moral priorities

The author laments the replacement of Jewish values and unity with partisanship, sectorial interest politics and crass materialism.

Olmert to 'Post': Police vs. the citizens reflects public outrage

They will continue to demonstrate until Netanyahu leaves, and with him his delusional wife and deranged son.

30/07/2020
Calculating taxes
Buying an apartment: Should the money be invested?

It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing. – Gertrude Stein

By AARON KATSMAN
30/07/2020
THEN-US president Barack Obama speaks alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and president Shim
Grapevine July 31, 2020: Praying outdoors

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

Calculating taxes
Will the Israel Tax Authority push for the Italian model of tax disputes?

The ITA raised the possibility of best-judgment assessments in transfer-pricing cases, among others, in a recent tax circular.

By LEON HARRIS
30/07/2020
A MAN WEARING a traditional head dress stands near the Morning Star flag during a rally in Sydney, A
My Word: Between West Papua and the West Bank

"The UN, where Israel is singled out for condemnation as a matter of course, is far from able to provide the solution for world peace."

Yair Lapid’s delusions about the Democrats

Lapid’s acknowledgment that the current team in the White House has been “friendly,” was necessary. Nobody knows better than him how misleading polls can be.

30/07/2020
Steinitz on breaking the Arab boycott and becoming an energy superpower

Steinitz's proposal will increase the country’s use of solar energy from just a few percentage points today to 30% within the next 10 years.

31/07/2020
For Gamzu to win, gov't needs to get politics out of the way

To avoid giving Bennett a win, Netanyahu preferred to play political games with lives on the line.

Seth Rogen – crossing the line between comedy and tragedy

Word is that Rogen has already privately apologized via DM’s on Twitter to several people for what he said.

By RICHARD TRANK
30/07/2020
The indomitable spirit of the Jewish people - The story of Yavne

Though this story is most closely associated with the fast of Tisha Be’Av, the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, [...] its enduring appeal no doubt lies in its profound optimism.

By DR. MOSHE SHOSHAN
02/08/2020
The lunatic fringe has taken hold Congress - opinion

You have to wonder what side some of these guys would have been on in 1861.

Tisha Be’av at the Western Wall, Jeruslalem, July 16 2013.
Tragedies from the past, the present... and the future?

It is easy for us to take on three weeks of mourning, nine days of added stringencies, and a full day of crying, fasting and praying, and then move on with our lives.

By ZVI GLUCK
29/07/2020
Back to the future – from the first to the 21st century

The cauldron of anger and dissatisfaction mixed with messianic hope was beginning to boil; soon it would erupt in serious outbreaks of violence throughout the land.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
29/07/2020
The western wall male side on Tisha B'av, 2018
The 9th of Av, 1920, the promise of return and our responsibility

We, exactly 100 years later, who are undergoing our own extended tumultuous period of the Three Weeks of mourning, must remember how far historically the Jewish people have come

By RABBI DANIEL LANDES
29/07/2020
A LARGE STONE dislodged from the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City at the mixed-gender prayer sec
When a stone fell down from the Kotel, the day after Tisha Be'av

The egalitarian Kotel feels like the back seat of the bus and looks like a building site lacking any semblance of dignity or splendor. It has become clear that some holy sites are holier than others

By YIZHAR HESS
29/07/2020
An ultra-Orthodox jew prays at the Westen Wall July 17, 2002 on Tisha B'Av
Tisha Be'av: a social tragedy from then to now

Every generation has its own barns, whose stock is the source of its national resilience. We have a supreme obligation to protect them against those who would set them afire to promote their ideology

By YEDIDIA STERN
29/07/2020
The flame of hatred is consuming. Tisha Be'av is coming.

"Even if we think that the hatred is not baseless, we must – as we always have – ensure that it does not bring us closer, even by the tiniest step, to our downfall and destruction,” said Rivlin.

29/07/2020
WOMEN FROM the ‘Women Wage Peace’ movement protest US President Donald Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century,
Make peace with them? But they want to destroy us!

"Gershon, you talk about making peace, and I, the small citizen, ask with whom? With people who declare, day and night, that their goal is to exterminate the State of Israel [...]"

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