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.

Bank Hapoalim
Removing the Sting

A business consultant from Lahav, a Bank Hapoalim branch manager and two apiary owners explain how to cope with the financial crisis – and even emerge from it stronger.

By DUDU LEVY REICH
27/10/2020
Joe Biden: World feels dark 2 years after Tree of Life shooting

Antisemitism is a cancer that has fueled a dangerous rise in hate crimes over the past four years.

By JOE BIDEN / JTA
27/10/2020
Vehicles drive along a road in the Jordan Valley
Zionism is about reviving Jewish sovereignty in our ancestral land

We can’t lose faith in our long-term vision, and we must always show determination and willingness to fight for our right to be, as our national anthem states, free people in our ancestral land.

By AMIR AVIVI
27/10/2020
WZO victory achieved through 'wall-to-wall' coalition - opinion

The signing ceremony brought together a cross section of the Jewish people, continuing the tradition of the WZO going back to the days of Theodore Herzl.

Progressive Judaism won’t surrender to the ultra-Orthodox in WZO - opinion

Jews of the Diaspora who are committed to Israel treasure the opportunity to engage in Zionist work under government auspices and to choose their own representatives to Congress deliberations.

27/10/2020
Living in Azerbaijan as a Jew versus being Jewish in Armenia

It is a well-known fact that there was virtually no antisemitism in Azerbaijan.

By ROMAN GUREVICH
26/10/2020
Voting for Trump as a multi-issue voter

Americans should not only be voting for Trump because of what he has done for Israel but rather what he has done for America.

The UN should stop funding the Palestinian narrative

By DANIEL S. MARIASCHIN , RICHARD SCHIFTER
26/10/2020
Aware of the consequences, Europe still funds PA radicalization

The European Union and its member states are the largest single donor bloc financing the PA.

By MELODY SUCHAREWICZ
26/10/2020
The coronavirus pandemic is a marathon, not a race

Israel has to be particularly careful not to repeat the problems of the exit from the first closure.

To save society amid corona the arts need to reopened

The role of arts and culture in our society is going through rapid change, as a result of the tectonic shifts that the world is experiencing.

By TANIA COEN-UZZIELLI
26/10/2020
Famed actor Yehuda Barkan was part of Israel’s story

Most of the country’s daily publications gave him extraordinary coverage – much more than for other cultural icons or prominent political or business personalities who have died over the past year.

When the horn of plenty turns empty - opinion

During March, at the height of the first wave, we were informed that a large number of venture funds had decreased or stopped their investments.

By MEIR FUCHS
25/10/2020
Anti-Israel harassment is antisemitism, too

All social media platforms serve an important and complicated role in free speech, and indeed in democratic elections as well, but they are not the arbiters of truth.

Letters
Letters to the Editor, October 26, 2020: A fan of Sudan

The readers of The Jerusalem Post have their say.

The haredim within Israel’s democratic society - analysis

I understand that for the haredim the full-time study of the Torah and other religious sources by Jewish males is more important than anything else – it is life itself.

The ridiculous nature of antisemitism - opinion

In his new film, Sacha Baron Cohen addresses Holocaust-denial. To that end, he interviewed real Holocaust survivors.

By MICHA HALPERN
25/10/2020
The head of Sudan's Transitional Military Council, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, talks
Sudan deal encourages other Arab states to follow suit - analysis

Both Israel and Sudan have much to gain from this diplomatic breakthrough.

Our minds tell us it’s Biden, our guts tell us it’s Trump

Who will be the next president of the United States?

By SEFI SHAKED
25/10/2020
Turmeric and moringa, and the Israeli who’s growing them

If all goes according to plan, the turmeric and moringa plants will be profitable.

By HOWARD BLAS
25/10/2020
Grapevine October 25, 2020: A moment of prayer for two contemporary sages

It’s interesting that Jewish males go through life as the sons of their fathers, except when they are ill, at which time they revert to being the sons of their mothers.

An etrog liqueur to be drunk at any time of the year

An etrog liqueur for any time of year and a Havdalah-based liqueur made from besamim.

By GEORGE MEDOVOY
24/10/2020
WILL THE bonds with the Diaspora break?
It’s time for Israel to reconnect with Diaspora Jews

Israelis are beginning to understand the importance of the voices of their diaspora brothers and sisters.

By TANI FRANK
24/10/2020
Is ultra-Orthodox terrorism possible?

While the notion of haredi terrorism seems farfetched, it is becoming a likely scenario.

By AVI JAGER
24/10/2020
Jews backing Biden are the real 'freiers' - opinion

Biden/Harris administration is likely to be more even more anti-Israel and antisemitic than the Obama/Biden administration was.

By MICHOEL GREEN
24/10/2020
Attacking UNRWA’s education system risks the lives of students - opinion

Criticizing books used in UNRWA schools only questions the few resources available to Palestinian children.

By GWYN LEWIS
24/10/2020
Armenia has bonds with Turkey just as much as Azerbaijan

Turkey is not fighting Azerbaijan's war

By KAMAL JAFAROV
24/10/2020
Jerusalem School of Rock - a safe hang out for Israel's teens

Offering a positive option for youth to entertain themselves

By TRACEY SHIPLEY
24/10/2020
A member of the audience looks on wearing a United States-Israel themed custom suit during the AIPAC
Is it too late to salvage the US and Israeli-Jewish relationship?

Israel should be important because it advances American security interests.

ISRAEL HAS to examine carefully how much the US wants to sell the F35 to the UAE.
Netanyahu makes deals at the expense of the country

The F-35 fiasco is similar to how he gave Germany the green light to sell Dolphin-class submarines to Egypt.

US President Donald Trump speaks next to PM Benjamin Netanyahu before signing Abraham Accords
When America sneezes, does Israel still get pneumonia?

As the political divide widens, what does this mean for the US-Israel relationship?

24/10/2020
Israelis mourn the assassiniation of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
Remembering Rabin, as the 25th anniversary of his assassination approaches

Rabin did not die of natural causes. He died a terrible death – murdered by a Jew who fundamentally changed Israel.

The Chicago Seven in Jerusalem

ISRAEL’S YOUTH are not planning a revolution, and they are not enemies of the state. They just want to live in a country where they can feel hopeful.

23/10/2020
A win-win approach for Israelis, Palestinians is a two-state solution

In diplomacy, the zero-sum game leads to zero achievements.

By NADAV TAMIR
23/10/2020
The Congregation Yetev Lev D'Satmar synagogue on October 19, 2020 in Williamsburg. A wedding planned
We must apply the same COVID-19 standards for all — Jews must choose life

The Torah and the Talmud are filled with rules placing the value of life over nearly every Jewish value, including prayer and communal gatherings such as weddings and funerals.

By ALAN DERSHOWITZ/JTA
23/10/2020
Interactive games bring laughter and smiles to seniors

Hillel's Tech Corner: Interactive games bring laughter and smiles to seniors

22/10/2020
Despite VIP treatment Saeb Erakat will continue to slander Israel

Even if healed by Israeli doctors, the Palestinian propagandist will continue to slander Israel.

Omer Yankelevich
Yankelevitch to 'Post': Gov't ready to formally listen to World Jewry

Cementing Jewish leadership’s position within Israel sends a clear message of the value that the government of Israel places on the relationship between the State of Israel and the Jewish people.

Kanievsky's actions close to organized civil disobedience campaign

Kanievsky’s current stand is extremely dangerous. It provides every sector of our fragmented society with an example of a civil disobedience campaign aimed at bending the rule of law.

The Gulf-Israel Women's Forum brings children draped in the flags of Bahrain, Israel and the UAE to
The Labor Party may seem dead, but it is in the process of awakening

For many Labor people, the trauma of Rabin’s assassination has not subsided, and they will be returning in large numbers to Rabin Square on November 4.

'Life Support Marriage,' oil on gessoed arches paper
How to make financial order after loss of a spouse

Can anyone understand how it is to have lived in the White House and then, suddenly, to be living alone as the President’s widow? – Jackie Kennedy

By AARON KATSMAN
22/10/2020
Netanyahu’s foreign policy is crucial

The Israeli prime minister signed the Abraham Accords while facing internecine battles against home-front forces trying to topple him.

22/10/2020
Knesset opposition cries out against cancellation of to probe Netanyahu on Submarine Affair
It is time for the Knesset to put the House in order

The Knesset is in danger of becoming void of meaning.

Who are the true Zionists in Diaspora Jewry? – opinion

Liberal Judaism in America is fading altogether, and that the values that they have espoused are not penetrating the average American Jew.

By RABBI PESACH LERNER
22/10/2020
Palestinian and Israeli flags overlook Dome of Rock and Western Wall
Israel-UAE-Bahrain deals awaken hope for additional peace deals - opinion

Encountering Peace: I believe that a majority of the Israeli and Palestinian people want to live in peace.

Parents must help early childhood educators amid COVID-19 - opinion

As preschools are set to reopen, the government has changed virtually none of the restrictions for these age groups since the last two times we’ve returned to school.

Palestinians should not be penalized for Israeli demolitions - opinion

However, the EU has practically done little to prevent the Netanyahu government’s demolitions of Palestinian structures.

By MUHAMMAD SHEHADA
22/10/2020
A European Union flag flies outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Decem
Why is the EU silent in the face of Turkish provocations toward Greece?

It is true that the major European countries do not remain silent about Turkey, but their reactions are still below the level of Turkish danger and threat.

By SALEM AL KETBI
22/10/2020
Saeb Erekat
Saeb Erekat should and will receive best healthcare at Hadassah hospital

Why are there no hospitals under Palestinian Authority rule to which the gravely suffering Erekat and his family can turn?

Louis Farrakhan
Op-ed tried elevating Black women but didn't address Farrakhan's bigotry

There are plenty of examples of Farrakhan’s bigotry, and they are not hard to find.

By JONATHAN A. GREENBLATT/JTA
21/10/2020
Mutual Respect Charter signed by 70 MKs encourages respect in Knesset

Rivlin thanked the delegation for its support for mutual respect, for which he has been an outspoken advocate.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participate in the first 2
US election will bring end of fundraising appeals - opinion

Washington Watch: The sky is falling, send money

ZERO MOSTEL and Gene Wilder in ‘The Producers’
Springtime for Trump amid coronavirus

Is such mockery of someone with a potential life-threatening illness morally acceptable?

By STEPHEN STERN , STEVEN GIMBEL
21/10/2020
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Europe must find a new way of dealing with Russia - opinion

I am not writing this to give a pass to Russia, but rather, the contrary.

By VIORICA DANCILA
21/10/2020
A United Arab Emirates (UAE) flag waves alongside an Israeli flag
UAE disabilities program director presents at Access Israel conference

“I almost feel like Neil Armstrong right now, the first person there doing this. A small step in moving the journey forward, sharing best practices and keep going!”

By HOWARD BLAS
21/10/2020
Danny Ayalon, former ambassador to the US, is currently a visiting professor of foreign policy studi
Diplomats on the move

Gafni recounted that Lapid had said to him in the first phone call: “For you I’m ready to pray."

US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meet during the annual NATO Hea
Trump’s record on Israel is not as people tend to think - opinion

Israel’s new treaties with the UAE and Bahrain, as well as decades-old treaties with Jordan and Egypt, aren’t borne out of friendship between peoples, they are strategic alliances between governments

By GREG WAKS
21/10/2020
The scourge of domestic violence

In the past decade, in Israel, approximately 200 women were murdered by their spouses or other close family members. That’s 200 too many.

An Israeli military observation tower overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and part of the maritime borde
Israel-Lebanon negotiations: cautious optimism but no bells of peace

It is essential to keep in mind at this point that the negotiations relate only to the maritime border, nothing else. Neither side intends to discuss land border disputes or additional issues.

Men pray in Jerusalem’s Ramat Shlomo neighborhood on Sunday.
The psychology of disobedience

Understanding the behavior of some ultra-Orthodox during the pandemic

By TUVIA PERI
20/10/2020
J’Accuse: The WZC has become the World Zionist Casbah

Having crossed so many redlines, Blue and White should change its name to Shades of Gray.

20/10/2020
Supporting the Azeri formula in Nagorno-Karabach conflict - opinion

Israel has the moral standing to support the Azeri formula for Nagorno-Karabach: Territories for peace.

By EPHRAIM SNEH
20/10/2020
THE UNIVERSITY of Sharjah in the UAE, where Michael Bassin experienced disturbing antisemitism
What I’ve learned about UAE culture as the chief rabbi’s wife - opinion

We must respond by respecting customs, spaces and sensitivities as visitors and residents. It is our opportunity to show — with passion and conviction — that the Jewish people are invested in peace.

By MICHELLE WALDMAN SARNA/JTA
20/10/2020
Why Israel must stand with Armenia - opinion

Israel and Armenia have numerous historical reasons to be allies. Perhaps the most obvious is that both peoples have faced tremendous persecution for their faith and ethnicity.

Zionism is about a secure, Jewish, democratic Israel

A two-state solution may or may not be achievable in the near future, but closing the door on it to accommodate extreme annexationists’ whims might close the door on the kind of Zionism we uphold.

By AMNON RESHEF
19/10/2020
Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Net
The government needs to pass a state budget now

There is no greater evidence of incapacity to govern than the failure to pass a budget; a government that cannot govern should step aside.

China's thinly veiled maritime attack on Northern Europe

China is going to use maritime security assistance and cooperation as a pretext for bringing Coast Guard vessels and then more threatening naval vessels to operate in the region.

By SAHIL MISHRA
19/10/2020
Birthright Israel members attend the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York City, 2019.
Why liberal Jews didn't support their cause in the World Zionist Congress

The deeper issue is what the US Zionist election can tell us about current and relevant challenges facing the Jewish people.

By DAVID ELIEZRIE
19/10/2020
AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR Chris Cannan (in white shirt) with members of the Nippers executive board
Partisan politics in everyday Australian Zionist life

An essential focus of Jewish communal advocacy has been fostering support for Israel within the corridors of Australian political power.

By DANNY LAMM
19/10/2020
The Hezbollah flag
Hezbollah: A systematic violator of international law

The growing menace of Hezbollah must be tackled, not merely for the sake of Lebanon’s neighbors, including Israel, but for the sake of the Lebanese themselves.

By ELI BAR-ON
19/10/2020
JOINT LIST MKs (from left) Mtanes Shehadeh, Ayman Odeh and Ahmad Tibi, and former MK Abd al-Hakeem H
The Joint List - On the wrong side of history with Israel-UAE deal

Not even one member of the party that represents the Arab minority in Israel thought that establishing ties with an Arab country is a cause worth supporting.

Is Netanyahu turning Israel into an unhealthy democracy?

Not only our physical well-being but the health of our society has been sorely tested during lockdown.

19/10/2020
A BOY walk past the Apostolic church in Bodo, Nigeria
Christians targeted in Nigeria: why the world should care - opinion

Excerpted and adapted from The Next Jihad: Stop the Christian Genocide in Africa.

By REV. JOHNNIE MOORE/THE MEDIA LINE , RABBI ABRAHAM COOPER/THE MEDIA LINE
19/10/2020
Artificial Intelligence can reliably help industrial plants go green

Factors from lockdowns and job losses to border closures could undo global gains in tackling human trafficking in recent years.

Letters
Letters to the Editor, October 19, 2020: Views of Jews?

The readers of The Jerusalem Post have their say.

Democracy is not dead in Bolivia

Evo Morales resigned when an investigation by the Organization of American States reported that there had been “serious irregularities” in the vote and “clear manipulations” of the voting system.

By GWYNNE DYER
18/10/2020
MKs Regev and Zohar caught acting as blackmailers -opinion

An interesting question is whether Regev and Zohar represent today’s Likud in their conduct, or only a fanatic group that blindly supports Netanyahu’s approach.

One sector of society does not care about others: The haredim

The approach of negating the other person is not new in the relationship between haredim (ultra-Orthodox) and other sectors in Israeli society.

Grapevine October 18, 2020: Changing roles

The movers and shakers of Israeli society.

Bringing poverty to heel by understanding its causes

Since most poverty on earth afflicts rural people, we should acknowledge that food growers’ associations must also be processors of their bounty.

Herd immunity, reinfection and the ‘Great Barrington Declaration’

The Declaration demands a return to “life as normal” – no mention of masks, social distancing, contact tracing or COVID-19 tests – for everybody except “the vulnerable.”

By GWYNNE DYER
17/10/2020
What are the lessons from the pandemic?

Remote work has been studied for decades and offered as a partial solution to congestion. COVID-19, however, has given us a chance to actually learn about working from home.

By BEN DANSKER
17/10/2020
WOMEN FROM the ‘Women Wage Peace’ movement protest US President Donald Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century,
Why the peace process needs more women, now

Furthermore, there’s mounting evidence suggesting that, without women’s participation, these initiatives are less likely to succeed in the long term.

By ALEXANDRA STABLER
17/10/2020
Selling F-35 jets to Qatar poses a direct threat to Israel

Qatar is also the closest partner and bank-roller of an increasingly aggressive Turkey, with Ankara backing Doha during the 2017 crisis with its Gulf neighbors.

By JONATHAN RUHE , ARI CICUREL
17/10/2020
How I met my first Haredi

Born in Gateshead, England, in 1900, he had studied at a yeshiva in Jerusalem.

US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett reacts as US President Donald Tr
Amy Coney Barrett hearings need to be done with respect

After all the arguments, at the core we are all part of the human race with so much more that binds than divides.

By DOVID M. COHEN
17/10/2020
Amy Coney Barrett will not be like Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The nomination of a new US Supreme Court justice and what is really at stake.

WILL THE Submarine Affair eventually sink Netanyahu?
The battle over investigating the ‘Submarine Affair’

Prosecutors allege that senior Israeli officials were bribed to advocate for the purchase of submarines and military boats from Thyssenkrupp.

US tax form
Investments: Today you’re aggressive, but what about tomorrow?

“I discourage passive skepticism, which is the armchair variety where people sit back and criticize without ever subjecting their theories or themselves to real field testing.” - Tim Ferriss

By AARON KATSMAN
15/10/2020
Are you entitled to a land appreciation tax exemption?

Among the various exemptions from Land Appreciation Tax allowed by the law, we shall focus here on the most frequently used exemption.

By ETGAR KEDEM-KAUFMAN , AVI BECKER , NICOLE LEVIN
15/10/2020
Hillel's Tech Corner: Minimizing the mental health mystery

Taliaz's mission is to assist doctors with artificial intelligence to improve the assessment, management and prescribing success in mental health disorders.

15/10/2020
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