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.

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

As politics in the US have become more hostile and polarized, perception of Israel has changed as well. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not help the situation.

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
Anyone who thinks Trump is good for the Jews is a ‘freier’

If you think that Trump is your friend, you are in for a big shock. You’re nothing more than the con-man’s mark. Or as Israelis would say, just a freier.

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.

Grapevine October 16, 2020: Still the one

The movers and shakers of Israeli society.

Israeli distrust in gov't could lead to a path like America's

Stuck in a distrust doom loop, we must not let the pandemic and distrust tear Israeli society apart.

Facebook's guideline changes on Holocaust – important and overdue

We have to recognize what Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms were created to do: break down barriers, borders and communication lines and provide people with the means to meet.

15/10/2020
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
The Likud is a party in paralysis running scared

It only takes one bad man to commit a wrongful act, but it takes a lot of cowards to look on and keep silent.

Ehud Olmert to 'Post': Regev's extortion by intimidation

Regev, like Benjamin Netanyahu, like Miki Zohar, like Amir Ohana and all the other members of their Likud gang, came to the studio to insult, abuse and, if necessary, make threats.

15/10/2020
Food insecurity and the state budget: Is the right to have food political?

Out of the total NIS 480 billion budget, not one shekel was apportioned to address food insecurity, meaning food for people in need.

By GIDI KROCH
15/10/2020
Grapevine October 16, 2020: Going home

Philippines Ambassador Neal Imperial said farewell to 260 Filipino agricultural students who had been stranded in Israel due to the pandemic.

Herd immunity vs herd mentality: pandemic fatigue and the toll on society

Pandemic fatigue is not the debilitating tiredness suffered by many who have been hit with the virus itself, it refers to the overwhelming exhaustion from the measures taken to prevent its spread.

US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett reacts as US President Donald Tr
Amy Coney Barrrett is raising the bar

That she won over those brainwashed by Democratic propaganda unwittingly is a testament to her brains and their open minds. The Biden campaign must be nervous that she has raised the bar.

15/10/2020
There is no ‘good Jew’ or ‘bad Jew’ in US election choice - opinion

Despite Biden’s record as Washington’s longest-standing and staunchest friend of Israel, numerous Jews will regret not being able to stand with Trump – the mover of our Embassy to Jerusalem.

Illustrative photo of a cloudy sky
What was God thinking with the coronavirus?

The Jewish people, I believe, can lead the world now, in this time of terrible crisis, in embracing inspiration and optimism.

The Palestinians need a new strategy in relations with Israel

Israel has defeated Oslo, but the Palestinian people remain and will continue to struggle to remain on what is remaining from their land.

How we can create a new conflict-free Middle East

The agreements signed between Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Israel marked a turning point in history.

By AHDEYA AL SAYED
14/10/2020
University of Toronto
When teachers harbor anti-Israel biases, students also suffer

As a Jewish student at the University of Toronto, with antisemitic sentiment rising across Canada and the US, it has been particularly taxing, as my campus is no stranger to such controversy.

By DANIL KONISCHEV
14/10/2020
We need to spice up Jewish life at universities

Students will likely encounter a narrow range of possibilities for Jewish life during their time on campus, predominately offered by Chabad or national-religious synagogues.

By NOGA BRENNER-SAMIA
14/10/2020
The coronavirus crisis is an opportunity to invest in education

A generation in which we invest in the development of skills and capabilities, self-learning, curiosity and research is crucial.

By MICHAL SHALEM , MICHAL LEBENTHAL ANDRESON
14/10/2020
Jerusalem during the second lockdown amid the coronavirus crisis
We need to hold the line despite dropping COVID-19 morbidity rate

With the numbers looking much better, there is a natural inclination to want to ease up on the lockdown as swiftly as possible.

Trump is using scare tactics and disruption for the 2020 election

The president says they’re needed to prevent voter fraud despite a persistent lack of evidence of a widespread problem.

You gotta love the haredim

In the US haredim do not control who can get married and divorced, and where you can be buried.

UK fashion magazine fires diversity editor following Holocaust jokes

Stephanie Yeboah, 31, on Thursday apologized for statements she made on Twitter about Jews and the Holocaust.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
14/10/2020
GAL GADOT
It seems Jews aren’t allowed to play Cleopatra, despite Mideast roots

Why the outcry over Gal Gadot playing the Egyptian queen? Because whatever is considered unacceptable in every decade is what the Jews are said to be.

Facebook's stand against Holocaust denial should lead the way online

Facebook should be applauded for halting the spread of antisemitism online, but the other social media platforms need to follow suit.

President Reuven Rivlin, flanked by Social Equality Minister Meirav Cohen and Yehuda Meshi-Zahav.
Grapevine: October 14, 2020: Shades of black

The movers and shakers of Israeli society.

Youths, some wearing masks properly and some not, walk on a Jerusalem sidewalk, October 2020
Israel’s leadership crisis is causing us to lose the war against COVID-19

While some world leaders have realized the importance of setting a personal example, others appear to have abandoned this principle.

By AVI JAGER
13/10/2020
Is Mohammed Dahlan the next Palestinian president in waiting?

With Palestinians potentially going to the polls in 2021, eyes are turning to Dahlan as a potential challenger to Mahmoud Abbas.

Trump tosses face masks to the crowd as he takes the stage in Florida for his first campaign rally s
Biden should restore America’s soul, not Obama’s Mideast policy - opinion

We’re not talking pro-Israel versus anti-Israel; perhaps a better distinction would be Peace-Processors versus Abrahamites.

13/10/2020
Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau.
Is this the end of the Chief Rabbinate in Israel?

They have no place in Judaism at all, certainly in the 21st century.

12/10/2020
The BDS movement’s current target is the hugely popular Palestinian Arab-Israeli video blogger Nusei
The BDS movement, through anti-normalization, is bent on silencing Arabs

The movement’s core principle of “anti-normalization” works to restrict any interaction between Israelis and Arabs.

By ARI INGEL , KARYS R. OSCHIN
12/10/2020
SOCIAL MEDIA GIANT Twitter
Why oppressive regimes succeed on social media

Russia, China, Turkey, Qatar, and Iran have all used social media platforms to manipulate and influence democratic states and censor their own people.

The Chinese flag flies in front of a Catholic church in the village of Huangtugang, China.
The cross and the dragon – how Pope Francis is lining up with Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s five-year policy of “Sinification” requires that religious believers be more loyal to the Communist Party than to their religion.

By DARLENE CASELLA
12/10/2020
A man shouts at Iraqi demonstrators gathered in Najaf to mark the first anniversary of the anti-gove
On anniversary of Iraq uprising, Iran still kills with impunity

Protesters want justice for the 600-plus activists who were slain participating in these demonstrations

By MAYA CARLIN
12/10/2020
A Cook County Sheriff's police car patrols the exterior of the Cook County Jail in Chicago, Illinois
End life sentences for nonviolent crimes - opinion

This is a human rights issue, and the shame of it should shock every American possessed of conscience.

By SAM BEN-MEIR
12/10/2020
Are Democratic Socialists driving Jewish voters away?

Trump has been aided in his quest to win Jewish votes by strong assists from the rising power of the Democratic Socialist faction in the Democratic Party.

By BRADLEY HONAN , ELISABETH ZECHE
12/10/2020
US President Donald Trump addresses Evangelical supporters in Miami in January.
Making a desperate attempt to decipher Trump’s foreign policy

Four principles have shaped Trump’s foreign policy to date.

By NADAV TAMIR
12/10/2020
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