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.

‘THAT SAID, the final chord of Jacob’s Ladder has yet to be played.’ (TNS)
Did climate change kill the Jacob’s Ladder music festival?

All outdoor festivals now have to comply with much stricter – and more costly – regulations.

21/11/2019
Corbyn opens door for 'never again' to become 'never say never'

Corbyn's blind spot on post-Holocaust antisemitism suggests 'never again' was merely a comfort blanket for a population traumatized by the Nazis' crimes.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
21/11/2019
Time to rekindle the tradition of mutual support

These survivors were stunned to find a whole race of people treated as second-class citizens in the United States, the country that had ensured the survival of the Jewish people.

By PAUL PACKER , KIRON SKINNER
20/11/2019
Man shoves baby’s stroller in London and calls parents ‘dirty Jews’
Fighting antisemitism

Over the past year, we have witnessed a dramatic increase in antisemitic incidents around the world – including violent attacks and expressions of hostility.

In this image taken Monday, March 15, 2010, in Mar
An ode to US marines in Jerusalem

The 71-year charade, whether wittingly or not, impugning the legitimacy of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, had been put to rest.

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MEDIA COMMENT: The trust gap

Our justice officials are very concerned about conflicts of interest.

By YISRAEL MEDAD , ELI POLLAK
20/11/2019
Washington Watch: What peace process?

Trump is a master of diversion, especially when things aren’t going his way.

CHOCHMAT NASHIM founders (from left) Rachel Stomel, Anne Gordon and Shoshanna Keats Jaskol
Jewish women explain the secrets of Jewish masculinity

The Secrets of Jewish Masculinity event gives Keats Jaskoll and Chizhik-Goldschmidt an opportunity to “discuss the importance in the Jewish community for men and women to work together."

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
21/11/2019
Settlers clash with Israel Police in West Bank settlement of Yitzhar, Nov. 10, 2019
Don't legalize the illegal

Encountering Peace: It is a reality that international law has determined that the West Bank is governed as a territory captured in war, which makes it defined as a “belligerent occupation."

Israel must not give up on Europe

In addition to strategic and commercial interests, Israel and Europe share similar values.

By DANIEL J. SAMET
21/11/2019
Should the U.S. support protesters in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon?

Our abandonment of the Iranian people in the Green Revolution of 2009 when hundreds of thousands took to the streets to protest the repressive theocracy was a stain on our value-based foreign policy.

The race for protein: How Israel can lead the race the food of the future

Billions are invested yearly in the race to produce alternative protein to animal-based products, and Israel, a world leader in the “Foodtech” field, has the potential to lead this race.

By NIR GOLDSTEIN
20/11/2019
Jerusalem Orient Hotel
An ode to US marines in Jerusalem

The spirits of US marines, both living and departed, heroes all, were not the only ones in that great celebratory hall.

For greater solidarity, Jews should join mass kaddish on Nov. 30

In the first half of the 20th century, almost 900,000 Jews lived in Arab countries, whereas today there exists no more than a few thousand.

A newsstand in Manhattan outfitted with ‘Fake News’ headlines was a stunt by ‘Columbia Journalism'
Media Comment: The trust gap between the public and Israeli media

Our focus is on Michael Hauser-Tov, the son of Blue and White Party MK Zvi Hauser. He also happens to be the political correspondent of the army radio station Galatz.

By YISRAEL MEDAD , ELI POLLAK
20/11/2019
U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo listens during a news conference in Reykjavik
Pompeo announcement: Peace or propoganda?

Having Pompeo, an Evangelical, make the announcement helps him if, as expected, he runs for the Senate from Kansas next year; he’s also said to have his eyes on the presidency in 2024.

Letters
November, 20, 2019: Settling for legality

Readers of the Jerusalem Post have their say.

Center Field: Pro-settlements, pro-peace and pro-Arabs in gov’t

Who loves peace more? Someone who throws back the land saying, “here, take it, we stole it from you anyway” or someone who says, “yes, this land is ours."

19/11/2019
Slave nations: America and Israel in the age of technology

What good is the flourishing of a nation if it is constantly at political, partisan war?

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On my mind: Saudi nuclear ambitions

The Saudis may argue that, given Iran’s aggressive renewal of its nuclear program following Trump’s decision last year to withdraw the US from the JCPOA, they need to pursue their own.

A general view picture shows houses in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, in the West
America has finally decided the Bible is not illegal- Opinion

This is a major blow to the BDS movement, which calls to “boycott, divest and sanction” the State of Israel, in addition to a snub to the European Court of Justice.

19/11/2019
Netanyahu attends cabinet meeting in Jerusalem
Netanyahu, enough

For several years now during election campaigns, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has engaged in a smear campaign against Israeli-Arabs.

Is the wedge in Gaza a sign that Hamas is being tamed?

Hamas obviously looks at Israeli might as a means of decreasing Islamic Jihad’s ability to threaten Hamas’s interests.

Palestinians are not Israelis

Israel’s control over Judea and Samaria is not “occupation,” at least not according to international law.

By ARDIE GELDMAN
18/11/2019
Calculating energy efficiency (Illustrative)
Where is efficiency to be found?

We have all heard that the serum injected to protect us against the flu arrived two months late in Israel.

By DAVID GEFFEN
18/11/2019
Man analyzes computer code
Fraud in the digital dating age

JWed focuses on a specific population – marriage-minded Jewish singles – but it is very successful at what it does.

By BEN RABIZADEH
18/11/2019
Israel’s brain drain and how one plucky nonprofit is fighting it

Mass emigration of Israel’s most tech-savvy individuals starves start-ups of talented hires and puts a ceiling on their growth.

By RICHARD MINITER
19/11/2019
Is Iran losing the Middle East?

Hezbollah is certainly the Islamic Republic of Iran’s most successful export.

By MAYA CARLIN
17/11/2019
Israel and Hamas against PIJ

Hamas is aware of the deep crisis but still sticks to its guns, literally, by insisting on holding and upgrading its arsenal instead of helping its own people.

17/11/2019
Don’t vote Corbyn

“Antisemitism is racism,” Nawaz wrote on Twitter. “Antisemitism is the *only* form of racism that unites all fascists: far-left, far-right & theocratic Islamists.

Letters
November 18, 2019: Growing anti-Israel bias in the US

Readers of the Jerusalem Post have their say.

Think About It: Impeachment versus Mandelblit

we are dealing with leaders who consider themselves to be superstars, who pay little attention to conventional norms of behavior.

This handout photo provided by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) official website
The missile and nuclear threat from Iran

Iran is a strong country, both militarily and internally. Time is on its side, and the relative weakness presented by both the US and the European Union helps it enormously.

The Middle East in flux: Eight trends

Anarchy replaces tyranny: of course, some tyrannies remain, notably in Turkey and Iran.

Israel needs a price tag for judicial system’s belligerence

In the US, the Supreme Court led a constitutional human rights revolution.

By SIMCHA D. ROTHMAN
16/11/2019
Kurdish Troops in Syria
Ethnic cleansing is not the answer to the Kurdish question

YET FOR the Kurds, this is all too familiar. They have been facing persecution, ethnic cleansing, and genocide since after World War I, when the contours of the modern Middle East took shape.

By SIRWAN KAKARASH
16/11/2019
INDIAN PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet last year.
Ayodhya verdict – a message of unity in diversity

The way this decades-old judicial process is concluded is exemplary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called this verdict as “the beginning of a golden era for the judiciary of the country."

THE DEMOCRATICALLY-ELECTED Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Israel in 2017, while in 2018
India, Israel and the myriad connections

Even though Israel was keen to foster ties with the newly independent state of India, the latter was reluctant to openly embrace the Jewish state.

WHAT COMES next in India-US relations?
India should rethink its decision on RCEP

RCEP negotiations were launched at the ASEAN Summit in Cambodia in November 2012. In September 2015, India offered to eliminate tariffs on 42.5% of items from China, and more for ASEAN states.

By NEHGINPAO KIPGEN , SHIVANGI DIKSHIT
16/11/2019
China and United States flags
New energy in the friendship between China and Israel

My colleague told me that we had robust discussions in the morning about the opportunities and challenges for China and Israel in a changing world.

An F-35 on the runway during the Blue Flag drill
Blue Flag and Gaza

“This is a coalition, maybe not one in wartime, but an important coalition,” said a senior Israeli Air Force officer involved in the drill.

John le Carré takes spy stories into a new era

The author's latest novel proves that, at 88, he is still going strong.

By DAN CRYER
15/11/2019
Did whacking al-Ata prevent two-front war?

Kochavi said in late October that Iran is a strategic threat and that Iran is using the territory of other countries with weak governments to threaten Israel.

Shame on Europe

There is no denying that the European Union is engaging in a double standard toward Israel.

Middle Israel: Lapid’s moment of truth

The last obstacle on the path to a broad government should now make it happen.

Ultra-Orthodox men protest in Jerusalem last November
50% of Israel’s children are receiving a 'third world education'

TAU researcher Dan Ben-David warns that Israel’s population trajectories are unsustainable

15/11/2019
 Yasser Arafat peace white house bill clinton yitzchak rabin
Yitzhak Rabin: in memoriam

When Israel smiled at the world, the world smiled back.

By COLETTE AVITAL
14/11/2019
Threats to Israel’s national security emerging from Yemeni civil war

Houthi control of Yemen’s Western coast from north of Hodeidah to al-Luhaya provides it with more than 100 kilometers of shoreline positioned adjacent to a key passage for Israeli maritime commerce.

By ARI HEISTEIN , YOEL GUZANSKY
14/11/2019
President Trump’s embrace of Erdogan should end

The Turkish regime has no problem facilitating arms to ISIS and al-Qaeda affiliated groups, and emboldening the Muslim Brotherhood throughout the region.

By GREGG ROMAN
14/11/2019
OMAR SHAKIR, Human Rights Watch Israel and Palestine director, looks up before a hearing at the Supr
Know Comment: While jihadists target Israel,the EU is busy bashing Israel

The ECJ-EU action came the same week that Iran resumed uranium enrichment at the Fordow underground nuclear plant.

Jews are not welcome

As I mentioned to my parents, while there are two generations of our family buried in Canada, the United States and Israel, there are at least 11 generations buried in Poland.

By MICHAEL SUSSMAN
14/11/2019
Erdogan is an enemy to the West

Those lobbyists hardly name any reason why one should support Erdogan despite his current politics. They simply give one reason: “Turkey is important and has to stay in NATO by all means.”

By KAMAL SIDO
15/11/2019
Stars and sand

God blesses Abraham’s descendants, not that they will be as numerous as the dust of the earth, but rather that they will be important to the world.

Palestinians take part in a rally marking the 31st anniversary of Hamas' founding, in Gaza City
Beyond the red alert

In the case of Gaza, Hamas, a genocidal terror organization, is the sovereign that must be held to account unequivocally.

Grapevine: 10 minutes late

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

My Word: Family treasures, Bar Kochba’s cave and a message in time

It was uncanny to discover that the two women in the picture my grandfather had chosen to paint in England in 1967 were not only real people but people who worked with me in Israel.

Gaza report card: Assassination revealed IDF's strengths and weaknesses

What we learned from al-Ata’s secret apartment in Gaza City from a military, diplomatic and political situation.

15/11/2019
An injured woman is evacuated to hospital after a rocket was fired from Gaza into Israel, in Ashkelo
Right from wrong:Amnesty International’s offensive defense

The closest that Amnesty ever comes to acknowledging any brutality whatsoever on the part of Palestinian terrorists...is by comparing them to Israelis.

14/11/2019
Remarriage after widowhood
Tips for remarriage after widowhood

Opening your heart to new love entails new challenges

By DR MIKE GROPPER
14/11/2019
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Israel deterrence

Once Israel chose to open the possibility of a conflict in the wake of killing al-Ata, its leadership needed to plan for what comes next.

‘ONE CAN make a strong case for the indispensability of the role Syrian Kurds can play in Jerusalem’
It is high time Israel supported Syrian Kurds

Aside from the moral dimension of helping a stateless people who are facing the danger of ethnic cleansing by a militarily superior power, why would protecting Syrian Kurds serve Israel’s national interests?

By HEMIN ROJHELATI
14/11/2019
Israelis celebrate Independence Day on the beach, 2019.
Will Israelis herald the revitalization of European Jewry?

Over 150,000 Israelis live in Europe today, and that number is growing. But their motivation for embracing Judaism is different than “classic” European Jews.

By AHARON ARIEL LAVI
14/11/2019
U.S. needs to learn from Iran how to protect allies in Middle East

The recent history of the US engagement in the Middle East has proven that lack of long-term strategy and engagement only creates more distrust among local populations toward the US.

By KAMAL CHOMANI
14/11/2019
A Palestinian militant walks past the home of Islamic Jihad field commander Baha Abu Al-Atta after i
Encountering Peace - A personal note during the Gaza rockets

What does an Israeli peace activist do when the rockets are flying and the bombs are falling?

Whacking Israel as a one-dimensional piñata isn’t ‘nuanced dialogue’

Israel shouldn’t be radical Jews’ favorite “constant” target. It’s a rich, complex, sometimes flawed, ultimately wonderful democracy filled with amazing people pulling off everyday miracles daily.

14/11/2019
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks after the senate voted on a resolution ending U.S. military sup
Is continued military aid to Israel in jeopardy?

For the first time, several leading presidential contenders are talking about using aid to Israel as leverage to make sure US funds are used to advance American policy goals.

Letters
November 13, 2019: It’s not rocket science

Readers of the Jerusalem Post have their say.

Netanyahu Tony Blair
Prime ministers and relationships with media

In Britain, as in Israel, criminal law is too indiscriminate to regulate the complex relationship between media and officeholders.

By NATHAN LEWIN AVI BELL RICHARD HEIDEMAN JOSEPH TIPOGRAPH , ALAN DERSHOWITZ
13/11/2019
Points to pursue amid Islamic Jihad escalation

The prime minister and the rest of the interim government should support new Defense Minister MK Naftali Bennett.

By OPHIR FALK
12/11/2019
People wave European union flags
‘Europe’s fatigue and old Balkan disputes’

On the institutional level, the European Union is experiencing a big structural crisis, the end of which is nowhere in sight.

By BLERIM LATIFI
11/11/2019
The trials of betrayal

The Kurds feel betrayed by Trump, who may discover morality bites

By URIEL ABULOF , DILAN OKCUOGLU
17/11/2019
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Israel cannot be the US or Russia

The voter is called to vote for a party and that is deliberate to the extent that elections are for political collective agendas.

By SOLON SOLOMON
11/11/2019
Liberman’s ultimatum

Yisrael Beytenu Chairman Avigdor Liberman laid out his ‘ultimatums’ to the heads of the two main parties – Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz – in an interview with Channel 12.

Ask any Iraqi – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead, ISIS isn’t

The killing of Baghdadi brings up many questions and presents the possibility of using the attention focused on ISIS to bring attention to the people who are still suffering from ISIS’s attacks.

By DASTAN JASIM
12/11/2019
A FLAG and flowers are left at a monument in Warsaw, Poland
Destruction of Poland’s Jewish community in 1968: A remaining open wound

Poles of Jewish origin were accused of having instigated the students’ rebellious calls for democratic reforms. They were arrested, beaten, and subjected to torture and detention.

An Israeli flag [Ilustrative]
How to inspire love for Israel in the next generation

A Holocaust survivor’s only son becomes a virulent anti-Israel activist on campus

By ILANA SHERRINGTON-HOFFMAN
11/11/2019
IN THE time before Benjamin Netanyahu, were there only oranges for export in Israel?
Yair Netanyahu’s gaffes

To be honest, it was not Netanyahu’s fault that Israel’s exports fell drastically after 2008 – the year of the major world financial crisis.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures beneath a poster of the late leader Yasser Arafat
Above the fold - Their loss, not ours

All these years later, not much that we can consider positive has emerged from the Oslo Accords, other, that is, than stopping the money Arafat had been funneling from Israel.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a memorial ceremony for the late prime minister Y
An appointment that smacks of panic and paranoia

As Iran’s centrifuges spin, Netanyahu is prioritizing spinning political wheels to ensure his political survival.

12/11/2019
Kristallnacht, ISIS and today’s crisis in Syria

I am not an expert on the Holocaust, but I have spent time among many Yazidi survivors of ISIS and its crimes.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the kick-off event of the Christian Media Summit and the inaugu
Is Israel a democracy?

Many Israelis believe that judicial institutions, such as the High Court and the Prosecutor’s Office, are not responsive to the people and represent a left-wing elite.

09/11/2019
The Jewish community of Arta, Greece – fables, memories and the Holocaust

The church of Panagia Parigoritisa (Panagia of Consolation) is another legendary monument.

A PALESTINIAN carries food supplies at a Gaza aid distribution center run by the United Nations Reli
The world’s hypocrisy on UNRWA

And the world is not silent.

09/11/2019
Rein in Erdogan

Muslims, the Turkish leader said, will confront the Jews “if they have the courage to deal with us, and we will teach them a lesson.”

Israel-Jordan peace needs warming up

There are several reasons for the present perception of a cooling-off in the relationship, often related to internal politics in both countries.

Antisemitism in Ukraine?

Within the last 450 years of the major Jewish presence in Ukraine, only 16 to 20 at most were marked by periods of violence.

By PAUL ROBERT MAGOCSI
07/11/2019
Nats
Lessons from the World Series champions

In every game there are players who make errors and don’t play well, and that can easily lead to discontent and negativity within the team.

07/11/2019
Arab citizens crying out for justice, no solution without gov. on board

Israeli society, the media and the government are coming to a new awareness of the severity of crime and violence in Arab society.

By AMNON BE’ERI SULIZEANU , THABET ABU RASS
08/11/2019
The US disconnect in Syria

As outlined at the UN General Assembly, Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s plan is to resettle two million Syrian refugees in this “safe zone” at a cost of $53 billion.

Know Comment: Thankfully, Stephen Harper and others defend Israel

In an important move in June, the Government of Canada adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism as part of its anti-racism strategy.

‘I DID. I definitely earned it.’ Dr. Orna Berry at her desk.
Dr. Orna Berry: Paving the path

Talking with Dr. Orna Berry – the only woman to have served as chief scientist of the Economy Ministry – about shattering glass ceilings and overcoming personal obstacles.

Explaining interests in eastern Syria

The Turkish military is more than capable of defending its borders without invading Syria. Its fully modern military is the second largest in NATO, and fourth in terms of firepower.

By JEREMIAH ROZMAN
10/11/2019
My word: When dates with history are lost in cyberspace

This weekend is the 81st anniversary of Kristallnacht. Not a round anniversary but worth commemorating every year.

Grapevine: The Waldorf walk

Movers and Shakers in Israeli society

Naftali Bennett's moment: Will he ditch Netanyahu and anoint Gantz as PM?

In approximately two weeks, and if nothing significant happens before then, Benny Gantz’s mandate will expire and a third election will pretty much be a fait accompli.

08/11/2019
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