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.

TECH TALK: The Israeli start-ups that looked the pandemic in the eye

Over the course of the pandemic, societies all over the world faced numerous problems stemming from the virus’ impact.

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Does global anti-brit mila campaign contribute to antisemitism?

What is deemed as an attack on a fundamental ethic of Judaism can be construed as an assault on the Jewish people.

Community is the glue that binds Israel together

There’s a lot of pain out there. Let’s keep our eye and ears open and help where we can.

By BOAZ DAVIDOFF
31/05/2020
For annexation to work it needs clarity and preparedness

Israelis deserve to know what their government is planning on doing.

HARRY S. TRUMAN.
President Truman was not a saint

It is shocking to consider how Jews have beatified Truman.

31/05/2020
Israeli communities make signs with slogans of unity amid coronavirus lockdown
Striving for unity among the Jewish people is a practical undertaking

“Pursuing peace” means practically doing something about it. We pursue peace by reaching out to each other.

Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci, Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, Serbia's President Aleks
A Republic of Kosovo is not what the Balkans needs

The dispute over the autonomous region of Kosovo and Metohija should be resolved in compromise, not unilateral action.

By ALEXANDAR NIKOLIC
31/05/2020
Real estate market
The reality of realty after coronavirus

Depending on the area of the country, various historical events have definitely had an influence on property values in Israel.

By ALYSSA FRIEDLAND
31/05/2020
Christianity, illustrative
How did missionary TV come to Israel?

For many on the Israeli side, this was seen as a “strictly business.”

By ELLEN W. HOROWITZ
01/06/2020
Is Likud playing with fire?

For me, a chilling moment came when an announcer began reading out the names of journalists who have pursued the story of the corruption allegations.

Grapevine May 31, 2020: Justice delayed

Cracking down on sex abuse of minors has become a priority in Australia, and thus, the Australian media was particularly interested in quickly publishing the ruling of the Jerusalem District Court.

Summer camp [Illustrative]
Opening these Jewish camps in the summer is a bad idea – opinion

Reasoning that you can “create a bubble at camp” is at best a flawed idea.

By DR. ALISON SPATZ LEVINE , HEATHER MAIMAN/JTA
28/05/2020
A PROTEST against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.
Netanyahu is running scared

None of the ministers, members of Knesset or partners I had during my years in politics, were part of my decision to resign from my role as prime minister.

28/05/2020
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu points to a map of the Jordan Valley
Know Comment: Scaremongering about sovereignty

The sky will not fall in if Israeli law is applied to settlements

BLUE AND WHITE leader Benny Gantz and Elazar Stern (r) in December
Editor's Notes: Elazar Stern’s lament

Stern and some of his Blue and White colleagues remained inside the plenum to ensure that Edelstein wouldn’t lock them out and prevent a vote on his successor.

28/05/2020
Likud MKs applaud Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of his first trial hearing on Sunday
Right from wrong: Why we want Netanyahu’s trial televised

For some reason, the Jerusalem District Court – where the arraignment took place and the rest of the trial will be held – nixed the idea to televise it.

27/05/2020
People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo
Social media provides instant communication but has dumbed us down

Social media, like everything, has pluses and minuses, pros and cons.

CELEBRATING ON Kibbutz Ga’ash in 2019. On this festival we honor the sacrifice of Ruth the Moabite i
Let’s show more appreciation to Jews-by-choice

We as Jews need to do far more to welcome Jews-by-choice into our midst and show them a level of appreciation and esteem for the courageous path they have undertaken.

Letters
May 29, 2020: Wall call

Readers of the Jerusalem Post have their say.

It is time for hassidic leaders to embrace the Internet – opinion

In the Jewish world, this pandemic highlights broader societal and narrower cultural disparities.

By FRIMET GOLDBERGER/JTA
27/05/2020
Red Sea Jazz Festival sets new date, new venue

The upcoming jazz program will be held at the former site of Eilat Airport, currently being re-crafted as the new Terminal Park.

26/05/2020
NAOMI ENTREATING [famous convert] Ruth and Orpah to return to the land of Moab, by William Blake, 17
How can we use the biblical Ruth to empower young women?

Throughout the entire story, Ruth demonstrates resourcefulness, initiative and agency.

By ZEHAVIT GROSS
26/05/2020
Miriam Peretz
Grapevine: Move over Yuli Edelstein, here comes Miriam Peretz

A petition is being circulated for the nomination of Miriam Peretz to serve as the next president.

A STAR of David on a synagogue.
Save Conservative Judaism, not Preservative Judaism

Today, most Conservative Jews are truly liberal American Jews.

26/05/2020
Adolf Eichmann Israel
In memory of the El Al Captain who flew Adolf Eichmann to justice

As a pilot in the 1948 War of Independence, Wedeles also flew a battered Piper Cub into enemy fire, delivering arms to the notorious Nebi Samwil convoy.

Malka Leifer
Lessons must be learned from the Malka Leifer case

Israel can no longer be a safe-haven by those seeking to use the Right of Return as a shield against criminal proceedings.

Netanyahu's circus of a trial delegitimizes democracy

“They are trying to topple me and the entire right wing,” he claimed, adding a who’s who of Israeli “leftists” who are out to get him.

Iran dreams to lead the Muslim world – opinion

Hating Israel gives Iran purpose.

By MICAH D. HALPERN
25/05/2020
Israel's government is failing women and girls – opinion

The Israeli government must do more to proactively teach gender equality, instead of allowing discrimination to thrive in our schools and other public spaces.

ranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the cabinet meeting, as the spread of the coronavirus
Iran: The moral imperative to confront evil – opinion

The sad irony is that the Islamic regime is completely anathema with the soul of Iran. Iranians are heirs to a rich culture that pride themselves on having over 2500 years of history.

By ROB SOBHANI
25/05/2020
Likud MKs applaud Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of his first trial hearing on Sunday
The last dance of Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's Michael Jordan – opinion

Like Mike in his final season with the Bulls, an expiration date was placed on Netanyahu’s fifth term, upon its commencement.

By OPHIR FALK
25/05/2020
THE PALESTINIAN flag flies at a Palestinian Authority diplomatic post.
More than a shift in tactics needed – opinion

Governments and legislators know exactly what the content is in the textbooks and they will no longer suffer it.

IDF should invest in its non-commissioned officers

Space, cyber and AI assets will dominate future conflicts and require a seasoned NCO corps to operate them.

By EDMUND X. LOUGHRAN
25/05/2020
Joe Biden: A mensch and true friend of the Jewish community – opinion

Biden has never minced words in denouncing the tendencies of the current occupant of the White House to condone and foment antisemitism and racism.

By AARON KEYAK
25/05/2020
I hate the coronavirus – opinion

Simply put, there is nothing good about the virus. It's a silent, vile, deadly killer. It's ripped loved ones from families, torn apart communities, made ordinary citizens suspicious of each other.

"Holocaust, A Lie” - a cartoon printed by the Iranian government.
Ayatollah’s Unhinged Jew-Hatred Mocking Germany’s ‘Never Again’ Pledge

German leaders are unmatched in the eloquence with which they commemorate 6 million dead Jews but that strong voice is mostly absent when threats are made against Jews in Israel.

By ABRAHAM COOPER/ THE MEDIA LINE
25/05/2020
ROGER WATERS
Roger Waters – getting a taste of his own medicine

Apparently, the abused has had enough of the abuser.

24/05/2020
Gabi Ashkenazi
An open letter to Gabi Ashkenazi

I urge you to treat the foreign minister’s role as an unusual opportunity to influence Israel’s future significantly, to make a difference as a politician and to make your mark on history.

By NADAV TAMIR
24/05/2020
NOT FULFILLING their mandate and helping Hezbollah? The Lebanese army and UN forces patrol in southe
American dilemmas in Lebanon affect Israel

One of the major objectives of the US is to militarily and politically debilitate Hezbollah. Despite sustained American efforts, Hezbollah is getting stronger.

By ITZHAK LEVANON
24/05/2020
Let the judges do their job in Netanyahu's trial

There are two major schools of thought that would say Sunday was a sad day, but for different reasons.

The opening of Netanyahu’s trial – in search of justice or a vendetta

Grosso modo Netanyahu’s position is that, in general, the whole legal process against him has no justification or legitimacy.

Letters
May 25,2020: Tales from the annexation

Readers of the Jerusalem Post have their say.

Can Israel expand its sovereignty while France’s shrinks?

This attempt at French anti-Israel leadership comes at a low point in that country’s history.

Witnessing the growing rise of antisemitism in the US as a non Jew

Although I learned much about the subject during my years in Jerusalem, after I returned to the US in 2017 the encroachment of Jew-hatred has at times seemed too close for comfort.

A Palestinian woman steps on a replica of an Israeli flag during an event marking Land Day near the
Israel helps as the PA incites - opinion

During the coronavirus crisis and lock-downs, and despite Israeli support to the PA and Gaza, the PA and Hamas immediately lined up their incitement against Israel.

By FRANK MUSMAR
23/05/2020
Congress needs to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism

Laws require definitions, and as the US deals with the surge of antisemitic crimes, Congress needs to adapt a clear and binding definition of what antisemitism means.

A MAN holds a Kosovo flag
The new Israeli government should finally recognize Kosovo

Despite Kosovo’s continuous efforts – and its people’s sincere admiration for the Jewish state – Israel has so far refused to establish relations with the youngest country in Europe.

By AKRI ÇIPA
23/05/2020
Bris instruments
The balcony bris during the coronavirus pandemic

One of our happiest occasions, usually attended by every family member and friend who can make it, was being held with just six adults, all donning protective masks.

By HAYIM LEITER
23/05/2020
A worker wearing a protective face mask and gloves prepares food for delivery following the coronavi
How to do business during the coronavirus pandemic

First, you need a strong business plan. Whether or not a recession happens, it is likely that the virus has already or will in some way affect your business.

By YEHUDA MICHAEL
23/05/2020
A map of Middle East between Africa Europe and Central Asia
‘Call of Duty’: Modern warfare’s Middle Eastern politics of ignorance

The latest title in the video game franchise misses a great opportunity to teach Americans a little about the world.

By DAVID ROMANO
23/05/2020
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu – if they go to trial, how will his corruption trials end?
Grapevine April 24, 2020: The day has come...

Finally, after years of investigations, rumors and reams of publicity about his alleged corruption, Netanyahu is finally being brought to trial.

THE STAIRS Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will climb on Sunday inside the Jerusalem District Cour
Netanyahu's historic trial is finally here

Editor's Notes: There are many problems with having someone on trial while at the same time serving as prime minister.

22/05/2020
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a leadership meeting in Ramallah, in the Israeli-o
Could his protests over annexation be Mahmoud Abbas’s last whimper?

Abbas is a one-trick pony who keeps himself relevant by pretending that his main mission in life is to obtain Palestinian independence from the "occupation."

21/05/2020
ZAKA FOUNDER Yehuda Meshi Zahav with outgoing IDF Home Front Command head Maj.-Gen. Tamir Yadai.
Grapevine: Drawing parallels

What could be the connection between a forest fire and the humiliation of a seven-and-a-half year old girls?

PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu greets Blue and White leader Benny Gantz at the Knesset after the
The politics of musical chairs and job placements

I’m torn between trying to remember who is minister of what and taking bets on how long any of them will remain in their posts.

Prayer at the Western Wall, Jerusalem
Dividing Jerusalem denies the city's unique status as Zion

A partitioned Jerusalem would die, leading to violence that sucks the lifeblood from the city.

A militarized Palestinian state on Israel's doorstep would be a liability

It is absolutely beyond the pale for Israel to make any commitment, even conditional, to upgrade the Palestinian Authority into a state.

By ARYEH ELDAD
21/05/2020
Bike-riders and synagogue-goers. ‘I don’t really miss doing the full ultra-Orthodox Yom Kippur becau
The split between the ultra-orthodox and secular Jews must be repaired

An open letter to the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs.

By YOCHI RAPPEPORT
21/05/2020
THE COVID-19 crisis has also led to protests and antisemtism
Parliamentary accountability is being tested in the age of coronavirus

A rise in discrimination and antisemitism has already been recorded in the last weeks.

By GEORGE N. TZOGOPOULOS
21/05/2020
HOW DO we decide what is newsworthy here?
Why are some deaths and scandals considered more newsworthy than others?

The question is necessarily subjective but worth asking nonetheless.

By YISRAEL MEDAD , ELI POLLAK
20/05/2020
What does psychology have to say about a coronavirus exit strategy?

While many things are not predictable in this pandemic, human behavior remains amazingly and predictably consistent.

By IRWIN J. (YITZCHAK) MANSDORF
20/05/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara voting for the 23rd Knesset on Monday
The political crisis has made clear the necessity for electoral reform

Israel desperately needs to reform its political system.

By DAVID FINE
20/05/2020
child patient
Telemedicine is no replacement for meeting with patients face-to-face

The coronavirus pandemic may not change the face of medicine as much as some are expecting.

By CHAYA RABNETT
20/05/2020
THE WEST BANK town of Efrat, with Bethlehem in the background.
Netanyahu's major goal is annexation and the securing of his legacy

Washington Watch: Under the coalition agreement he can’t bring annexation for a vote before July 1.

Is the Arab-Israel conflict solve-able?

Encountering Peace: Israelis and Palestinians will have to come to terms with each other. But neither side is prepared to do so at this time.

Employees, mostly veterans of military computing units, use keyboards working at a cyber hotline
Iran still poses a cyber threat to the US and her allies

Iran has carried out the most sophisticated, wide-ranging, and costliest cyberattacks in the history of the Internet age, primarily targeting US interests and allies.

By NORMAN ROULE , JORDAN STECKLER
20/05/2020
A woman displays a "Free Iran" sticker as thousands of Iranian opponents in exile stage a protest ag
It is time for Iran to be set free from its Islamic Revolution

Iran can move from totalitarian regime to modern, commercial nation.

By RAMIN PARHAM , DJAVAD KHADEM
20/05/2020
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a leadership meeting in Ramallah, in the Israeli-o
Ending security arrangements will harm the PA as much as Israel

The cooperation between Israel and the PA benefits the Palestinians as much as Israel, by keeping a lid on Hamas' activity outside of Gaza.

It’s time for digital-first Jewish communities that will outlast COVID-19

The reason that we need to sit with the astonishing nature of this reality is that it represents a change in the entire Jewish world for the years and decades that will come.

By LEX ROFEBERG/JTA
20/05/2020
PRAYING IN Jerusalem – calling on everyone to visit.
Celebrate Jerusalem Day with JerusAlbums celebrating great JerusaleMoments

Jerusalem Day should be appreciated as a holiday for all the Jewish people – and humanity – not one political faction’s private property.

19/05/2020
Facebook’s oversight board should defend liberal values - opinion

Giving a Muslim Brotherhood supporter the ability to decide what is permitted on Facebook’s is a step in the wrong direction, and not only for Jews and for Muslims opposed to the Brotherhood.

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett during a West Bank visit
Annexation must be one part of a broader national security strategy

Annexing parts of the West Bank must be done as part of a strategy, not just as an ad-hoc approach.

Reading George Eliot in the time of COVID-19

Books and articles on the history of modern Zionism often refer to the important role of Daniel Deronda, a 755-page didactic novel written by George Eliot.

By JACOB SIVAK
27/05/2020
A life journey from Casablanca to Jerusalem, Sinai, Texas and Spain

A nostalgic journey back through the time when there was a vibrant Jewish community in Morocco.

By HARRIETT KIRSH POZEN
27/05/2020
Defending Zionism: Arming allies and countering critics

Zionism: The Concise History aims to arm allies and controvert adversaries in the impassioned struggle over the meaning and legacy of the Zionist movement.

Triggered: Donald Trump Jr.’s bestseller is firmly pro-Israel

The book addresses what he sees as the current state of bias in the mainstream American media.

By JOSEPH SCUTTS
27/05/2020
Creativity vs. corona - Israeli innovation to fight the pandemic

More than 150 start-ups are working on COVID-19 solutions

By SHLOMO MAITAL
27/05/2020
How it really was! - A time to love, a time to serve

What was “love” between man and woman in the Bible?

​Life in quarantine: From the UK to a Dead Sea hotel

Some people may think it would be a nightmare to be single in the same room with no one to talk to. But that is not quite right.​

By PAUL CALVERT
27/05/2020
Calling for a new ethos after coronavirus

Haviva Pedaya says the coronavirus is an ‘apocalypse’ requiring a novel code of ethics

27/05/2020
Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel: A new look at corona conspiracies

Ancient worldviews take on a completely different meaning today in an age when information is so accessible, so available and yet so confusing.

By ELKANA PRESSLER
27/05/2020
Military units of the IRGC Ground Force are seen as they launched war games in the Gulf, December 22
IRGC exploits pandemic to solidify control

Revolutionary Guard leads Iran’s response to spread of coronavirus, marginalizing Rouhani in the process.

By STEVEN TERNER
18/05/2020
BASHAR ASSAD – he might find himself isolated.
Is the Assad dynasty coming to an end?

The Syrian leader has been successful in navigating turbulent waters with backing from Iran and Russia.

By YUSUF ERIM , OBAIDA HITTO
18/05/2020
A woman wearing a T-shirt which reads, "Boycott Israel", takes part in a demonstration in favour of
BDS activism from within has become unhinged

Ironically, BDS activists play a salutary role: They unite the rest of society, from Left to Right, in contempt for them.

THE CLEAN HEALTH Aggregated Record Multi-pass (CHARM) would be an additional certification that assu
What is the right way to open Ben-Gurion Airport?

We suggest using an innovative mechanism called the Clean Health Aggregated Record Multi-pass (CHARM).

By TIRAN GOLDSTEIN , INBAR PINCU
19/05/2020
Coronavirus dating demands everyone become a matchmaker

The virus’s evisceration of the singles scene has only put the nail in the coffin of a troubled and antiquated dating scenario that was already on life-support.

Prime Minister Benjamn Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz at the swearing in of the new gove
7 steps for the new Israeli government to take in the international arena

Here are seven key steps that the new government should take in order to meet these challenges and take advantage of these opportunities.

CAN GILAD ERDAN be in two places at once?
New age for Israeli-American relationship with Gilad Erdan

Former national security and strategic affairs minister Gilad Erdan was appointed this week as the next Israeli ambassador to the UN and later to be the ambassador to the USA at large.

18/05/2020
Amiram Ben-Uliel appears at Lod District Court ahead of his conviction in the Duma arson case, May 1
The Duma lesson

The case was not a simple one neither legally nor psychologically.

THE NEW coalition agreements are a sad moment in the life of the State of Israel and of the Jewish p
A coalition that will escalate Jewish disunity

Netanyahu, Gantz and their partners know that this ongoing surrender to the ultra-Orthodox parties is in complete betrayal of the Israeli public’s will, including that of their own voters.

18/05/2020
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz (L) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) sit in front of Pres
Israel's largest-ever government: Over the top, excessive and indulgent

The new government is excessive and expensive, an indulgence that Israel can not really afford during this so-called “state of emergency” in which the coronavirus crisis is far from over.

Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett looks at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit t
Is the right-religious bloc starting to disintegrate?

Forming a solid unity government, which will seriously contend with Israel’s many current economic, social and political problems, is not on the list of Netanyahu's priorities.

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