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.

PRINCE HARRY And Meghan Markle ride a horse-drawn carriage after their wedding ceremony at St. Georg
On rulers and royal flushes of embarrassment

My Word: This being 2020, when even discussion of the weather is political, the decision by Harry and Meghan (we’re all on first-name terms now) quickly became split along Left-Right lines.

Neda Soltan
Right from wrong - Neda Soltan’s message from the grave

Neda was among the millions of Iranians of all walks of life who had taken to the streets of Iran to protest the regime representative’s false claims of victory.

16/01/2020
Leave Iran to the Americans

The removal of Iranian IRGC Maj.-Gen. Qasem Soleimani in an efficient, limited action by the US on January 3, was a praiseworthy move.

17/01/2020
Defense Minister Naftali Bennett and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Did Bennett teach Netanyahu
How Naftali Bennett played his cards right

IF YOU needed an example of how the political wheel works, all you had to do was watch the dramatic last-minute developments at the Knesset on Wednesday night.

17/01/2020
Religious Zionists do not feel their faith needs any political help

‘Does it sound logical?” wondered Defense Minister Naftali Bennett. “Imagine an American congressman hanging in his living room the picture of a man who murdered tens of Jews in a synagogue.

Iran’s role after Soleimani

Why is Nasrallah suddenly meddling in Iraqi politics.

Encountering Peace: Maybe next time

It is not only Arab voters who are deeply disappointed with the construct of the merged list. Israel needs a new vision and pragmatic camp of leaders.

Labor Party’s swan song

Labor and Meretz are at a political crossroads.

By ORI WERTMAN
15/01/2020
FILE PHOTO: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pray n
Squeezing Iran

Much debate has been conducted over whether the world is safer now, and many liberal Americans have been shuddering in their shoes over the likelihood of Iranian retaliation.

Watching television (Illustrative)
MEDIA COMMENT: Self-interest

In defense, the KAN people claimed that Seeing the World is no longer needed.

By YISRAEL MEDAD , ELI POLLAK
15/01/2020
Washington Watch: The imminent threat behind the Soleimani killing

As administration rationales seemed to shift hourly, Trump dropped “imminent” (which he misspelled “eminent”) and insisted “it doesn’t really matter because of his horrible past.”

A US FLAG flies in front of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum in New York, October 2013
Immigration: Is the ‘melting pot’ separating?

Ironically, the concept of America being a “melting pot” was created back in 1909 by a British Jew who wrote a play about a fictional Russian-Jewish immigrant intent on moving to the United States.

15/01/2020
National-religious rabbinical association Tzohar
Tzohar rabbis: Happy, halachic, and in love with the Jewish people

The media are wrong: Politics isn’t always the answer – leadership is.

14/01/2020
Vladimir Putin’s surprise visit to Syria delivered an unequivocal message

Meeting with Assad sent clear messages to the countries of the region.

By MICKY AHARONSON , AIMAN MANSOUR
15/01/2020
Lightning strikes over the Mediterranean sea during a rain storm near the city of Ashkelon
The storm's rainbow

From all the stories that have emerged in the aftermath, it’s become evident that the storm could have been worse

Tel Aviv University students on campus
Academia is also turning its back on peace

The decision of Tel Aviv University to close the Steinmetz Center is worrying for several reasons.

14/01/2020
Letters
Letters to the Editor January 15, 2020: Criminal ICC

Readers of The Jerusalem Post have their say

Grapevine January 14, 2020: A lapse of memory

Acre is a pearl in the Land of Israel, a paradigm for others in that it exemplifies the fact that people of different faiths and cultures can live together in harmony.

Ben Helfgott is knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace
Holocaust Memorial Day: Israel to honor survivors

“We are building a global coalition of leaders who can send a strong message that will resonate around the world."

14/01/2020
Bret Stephens
The myth of Jewish privilege and intellectual superiority

Ironically, if there is indeed a secret to Jewish genius, it’s precisely that Jews don’t believe the brain is an operating system you download from your parents

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses a news conference in the Press Briefing Room at the St
The Palestinian Authority must change their approach

Palestinian rejectionism of the Jewish state, not the settlements, is the driving force of the prolonged Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

By JEFF DUNCAN
13/01/2020
Labor leader Amir Peretz and Meretz chairman Nitzan Horowitz
Political parties are better together

In an election, every vote should count

Funding Lebanon is funding Hezbollah

Lebanon’s “parliament, government, president, and all of the other state institutions are nothing more than a façade for players directed by [Hassan] Nasrallah.”

By A.J. CASCHETTA
13/01/2020
American grand strategy: Qatar and Saudi Arabia

The truth is the time has come for the US to downgrade Saudi Arabia as its main strategic partner. To fill the gap, the US can reinforce its relations with Qatar.

By CARLO J.V. CARO
14/01/2020
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi
India and Israel should develop options in tech industry

In the last few years, several cases came to the surface in which the source of incitement, hatred and encouragement for violence were some popular tech products and their social media platforms.

Attendees of the "No Hate No Fear" rally against antisemitism, Jerusalem, January 5, 2020
How to respond to the NYC antisemitism crisis

Reflections from a Brooklyn Jew

By DANIEL EDELSTEIN
14/01/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting, December 2019.
Think About It: Immunity versus ‘anyone but Bibi’

Members of the coalition can only complain that the opposition offers no clear alternatives.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the media at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, i
Unbearable hypocrisy

Yinon’s defenders say that he is weighing procedural matters, of the kind that are at the core of his job.

Letters
January 13,2020: Black mark on hatred of Jews

Readers of the Jerusalem Post have their say.

GRAVES DESECRATED with swastikas are seen at the Jewish cemetery in Westhoffen, France.
Jews should define antisemitism

Imagine if the voice of a white person was valued over a black person in speaking out against brutality against the black community.

Protestors in Iran
Iran is not a rational enemy

The Islamic Republic is engaged in a version of the Game of Thrones in which the iron throne is Mecca and Medina.

By BARRY WERNER
12/01/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a statement about Iran flanked by U.S. Defense Secretary Mark E
Donald Trump: Rogue leaders never calculated he would be this strong

What President Trump did was to make it perfectly clear to the largest terrorist regime worldwide that it was a zero-sum game; that Americans would not be besieged on his watch without consequences.

14/01/2020
Where are African-American leaders condemning antisemitism?

After the Jersey City attacks, some local blacks despicably blamed Jews for living in the neighborhood and thus supposedly causing the attack.

By DANIEL MANDEL
11/01/2020
THOUSANDS OF New Yorkers gather in Foley Square last week at the No Hate. No Fear. solidarity march
Fighting antisemitism: We can’t win this battle without friends

As a successful ethnic group in America, we should be able to withstand these attacks and see them as only glancing blows in an otherwise very positive picture of our place in American society.

By DANIEL S. MARIASCHIN
11/01/2020
Lessons from my Bubbe’s doorstep

In what became a formative moment of my life, glaring into my eyes, she punctuated every word with her calloused finger wagging in my face: “We’re not Lithuanians. We are Jews.”

By CHARLES SAVENOR
11/01/2020
IDF Northern Command widescale drill, December 17, 2019
Israel should trust the sword over the pen

Every time Israeli leaders have trusted the pen over the sword it has ended in bloodshed and destruction, as in Oslo.

By RACHEL TOUITOU
11/01/2020
Simon Rawidowicz vs. Ben-Gurion on the question of ‘Israel’

While Ben-Gurion’s belief that the Diaspora would disappear is undermined by existence of millions of Jews in countries outside Israel, Rawidowicz’s argument has suffered over the past six decades.

11/01/2020
The EU-PA/PLO strategy to destroy Israel

The European Union and the Palestinian Authority have developed a plan to destroy Israel.

11/01/2020
ALESTINIANS PASS through at checkpoint at the Kalandia crossing in Jerusalem
It’s not just ‘leftists’ who support a two-state solution

The two-state solution should not be considered to be a partisan issue, but rather an issue over different values.

By JOHAN NAGHI
11/01/2020
Malka Leifer
Justice moving forward

The continued delay in ruling on the Malka Leifer case has strained Israel’s ties with its close friend Australia.

Israel: The boneheaded and the brilliant?

What this week’s rains have shown is that solutions need to be found to the mundane challenges, even though laying drainage pipes might not be as exciting as developing algorithms for a laser sword.

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a statement about Iran flanked by U.S. Defense Secretary Mark E
Kindergarten lesson is unlikely to work for Iran, Israel in the long run

Editor's Note: Both Iran and the US are now licking their wounds and learning their lessons. They are well aware though that the next round is just over the horizon.

10/01/2020
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Your Investments: Harry and Meghan, You can achieve financial independence

I am a firm believer that setting goals is imperative to achieve sought-after milestones.

By AARON KATSMAN
09/01/2020
Israel's all-in-one test for diagnosis of rare inherited disorders

When it comes to genetics, variables are limitless, and it’s mind-blowing to see how each of us, in our own unique way, essentially won the genetic lottery.

10/01/2020
money
YOUR TAXES: When is a sale not a sale?

The case is relevant to most Israeli merger and acquisition deals (“exits”).

By LEON HARRIS
09/01/2020
The Foreign Ministry proudly serves Israel

The Foreign Ministry’s core work, under the guidance of Foreign Minister Israel Katz, include combating the ICC’s decision in The Hague.

By LIOR HAIAT
09/01/2020
Residents of Qom, Iran meet Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei after US assassination of Qasem Soleimani
Israel, US will handle Iranian challenge in their own ways

Iran has crossed the threshold on low-enriched uranium, shortening significantly the time to produce enough fissile material for a nuclear device.

South Tel Aviv, a reminder of indifference

It is hard to get back to everyday matters when we consider the heart-breaking disaster that led to the deaths of Dean Yaakov Shoshani and Stav Harari last Saturday in Tel Aviv.

09/01/2020
Murky friendships in the Middle East

Turkey is often blamed for being a commercial and financial conduit for Iran in reducing the bite of US-led sanctions, and Istanbul Airport is by and away Iran’s major gateway to Europe.

With Iran, events may not be as auspicious as they seem

While Israel is certainly a beneficiary of America’s latest actions, its enthusiasm for America’s entrance into this conflict should be tempered,

More pressure on Iran still needed

Trump has made it clear that attacks on American personnel are going to elicit a military reaction.

Analyzing the Religious-Zionist debacle

It is time to consider the causes of this trend, and what if anything can be done to reverse it.

By ESTHER CAMERON
09/01/2020
An empty Knesset Plenum
Uncertain waters: Can civic society in Israeli survive?

The political tangle and the future of civil society in Israel.

By EFRAT BEHAR-NETANEL
09/01/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida, U.S., November 26, 2019
Donald Trump’s noble strike

Know Comment: The Islamic Republic of Iran is a self-declared radical power that openly seeks to create Greater Persia.

The Daf Yomi celebrations: Inspiring, but more unity is needed

The most impressive “siyum” took place at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey, where 92,000 people attended to rejoice over this accomplishment.

09/01/2020
POLISH PRESIDENT Andrzej Duda
Grapevine: Conspicuously absent

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

Qasem Soleimani: Gone for good

My Word: Israelis did not shed tears for Soleimani. He was an arch-terrorist, responsible for the deaths of thousands of people across the globe.

IDF has been fighting solo. Now, Israel's not going at it alone anymore

Right from Wrong: In fairness to Israel’s top man-in-uniform, there were signs suggesting that Jerusalem would have to go it alone in any actual confrontation with the Islamic Republic.

10/01/2020
(From right to left) Congressman Gregory Meeks; Governor Andrew Cuomo, UJA CEO Eric Goldstein; Senat
Fighting antisemitism: We can’t win this battle without friends

One common thread that has emerged from my recollections of personal experiences with antisemitism is that there are good people who stand up for what is right.

By DANIEL S. MARIASCHIN
12/01/2020
Iran’s entrenchment in Iraq

KH is an Iranian-sponsored Shi’ite militia operating in Iraq and throughout Syria. Founded in 2003, it is in sympathy with the Lebanon-based Hezbollah organization.

Soleimani is dead. So is the Iran deal. What now?

Notwithstanding Iran’s several violations of the deal last year, it was still significantly far from having enough enriched uranium for a weapon.

By STEVE RABINOWITZ , AARON KEYAK
09/01/2020
ICC
The ICC and the Orwellian denial of Jewish presence in Israel

This announcement has sparked considerable reactions and commentaries on whether it was legally grounded or not.

By EMMANUEL ALTIT/JENNIFER NAOURI/DOV JACOBS
08/01/2020
In honor of Siyum HaShas

Hadran alach – we have returned to you.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
08/01/2020
The case for Iranian restraint

Iranian leaders and their militia allies must be contemplating these constraints. But they don’t show it.

By MICHAEL P. GERACE
08/01/2020
Amir Peretz is right – there is no link between Labor and Meretz

In September, Stav Shafir and the “Green Party,” along with Ehud Barak and “Democratic Israel,” joined Meretz and created the “Democratic Union”.

By YANIV SAGEE
08/01/2020
The PA’s shrinking space for freedom of expression

Shrinking the freedom of expression is a strategic move by the PA.

By IDO ZELKOVITZ
08/01/2020
Impeachment isn’t only about Ukraine, but also Israel

Israel is in much the same predicament. It is a country fighting ruthless, anti-democratic powers that the United States considers dangerous, like Hezbollah and Iran.

By JACOB MILLER
08/01/2020
A man walks past graves desecrated with swastikas at the Jewish cemetery in Westhoffen, near Strasbo
Fighting antisemitism: We can’t win this battle without friends

Many are apathetic and indifferent to what is happening because we are considered to be in a special category. As a successful ethnic group in the US, we should be able to withstand these attacks.

By DANIEL S. MARIASCHIN
08/01/2020
Poland’s Israel problem

The crux of Duda’s rejection of the invitation is the continued dispute between Warsaw and Moscow over whether their countries collaborated with the Nazis during World War II.

Hadran Alach – We Have Returned to You

"Hadran alach, ve’hadrach alan”, Aramaic for “We have returned to you and we will return to you, dear tractate, and you have returned to us and will return to us.”

Fearing to be ‘too Jewish’

The freedoms America provided were unique; historically Jews were considered second or third class citizens – if citizens at all.

By DAVID ELIEZRIE
07/01/2020
Center Field: Leaders’ credibility chasms

All the cringing and hand-wringing surrounding America’s targeted killing of Iran’s top military commander Qasem Soleimani is sickening.

07/01/2020
Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef
Recant, Chief Rabbi

The chief rabbi then made the conspiratorial claim, which has no factual basis, that these immigrants “were brought to Israel so that they would be a counterweight to the haredi community.”

Letters
January 8, 2020: Advocating vigilance

Readers of the Jerusalem Post have their say.

Encountering Peace: The next disruptive technology

Looking across the globe of where the most amount of money is being invested in new technologies, I believe that the next disruptive technology will be energy storage.

Killing Soleimani was a moral response

No Holds Barred: Soleimani was the man responsible for Iran’s operations in Syria, which he oversaw in person through dozens of visits. His goal: to keep Assad in power at any human cost.

Why, despite similar interests, did the US kill Qasem Soleimani?

The answer may be found in missed perceptions and miscalculations, primarily on the Iranian side.

By EYTAN GILBOA
06/01/2020
Foreign Ministry shame

Historically, Israel has had well known foreign ministers befitting a country on the world stage. But in the last decade that has been eroded.

90,000 shout ‘Amen’

My voice joined with all those others at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey, a short drive from midtown Manhattan, the stadium that is home to the NY Giants football team.

Law as love at the 13th global Siyum Hashas

Reflections on the MetLife Stadium event with 92,000 people

By MARK AARON GOLDFEDER
06/01/2020
Blue and White articulate the Rabin consensus

Israel’s April and September 2019 elections produced deadlock after the main issue, effectively, was “Bibi or not Bibi.”

By LEWIS ROSEN
06/01/2020
Israel, energy and the Eastern Mediterranean

For years, Israeli officials reiterated that regional energy cooperation was not designed to exclude any other state

By GABRIEL MITCHELL
06/01/2020
Antisemitism is anti-American

Antisemitism is a national security issue. This ongoing threat appears in many forms – and violent attacks only scratch the surface of this form of domestic terrorism.

By HAROLD HAMM/FRED ZEIDMAN/JOHN MCNABB
06/01/2020
The power of decision: When must I start receiving retirement counseling?

Rebecca Algrisi, director of the Consulting and Research Division at Bank Hapoalim, has good answers to all these questions - and gives worthy advice

By DUDU LEVY REICH
06/01/2020
The Lounge January 6, 2020: Tel Aviv University

British Ambassador to Israel, Neil Wigan visited ALYN Hospital in Jerusalem, which specializes in the rehabilitation of children and teens.

By MICHAL GALANTI
06/01/2020
Will Arab anti-Zionism revive?

The old wall of Arab anti-Zionism has fractured, but lingering hostility against Israel could explode anew.

NETANYAHU
Why does ‘The Second Israel’ adore Benjamin Netanyahu?

What do they want from these elites and their descendants? To repent, to stop hoping that the Mizrahim will change their right-wing belief systems and traditional ways.

Labor leader Amir Peretz has to move beyond cosmetic gestures

Labor Party leader Amir Peretz seems to be auditioning for the job of deckchair attendant on the Titanic.

06/01/2020
Major General Qasem Soleimani (April 2016)
Don’t mourn Soleimani

Trump’s decision to kill Soleimani is in keeping with his principles of putting pressure on Iran.

Antisemitism and anti-Zionism: Blurring of lines

This is the first type of antisemitism – physical attacks and other incidents that leave us fearful for our safety and the security of our children and families.

By ALLEN FAGIN
05/01/2020
Letters
January 6, 2020: Sayonara, Soleimani

Readers of the Jerusalem Post have their say.

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