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.

Encountering Peace: Bring our citizens home

Two Israeli citizens, presumed to be alive, Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed, have been in Hamas captivity for more than four years.

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Elysee Pal
France gets it right

The French resolution helps provide the tools to fight against the intersection between antisemitism and anti-Zionism.

‘HAVING CHOSEN God, the Torah is God’s response to us.’ Pictured: The Yanov Torah, rescued from the
On God’s conundrum

God did not descend on Sinai 3,332 years ago to give us a history lesson. Nor did he attempt a biology lesson. God came down to Sinai to teach us one thing and one thing only, theology.

By AHARON WEXLER
04/12/2019
‘A HAPPY baby requires a happy mother.’
Book review: Parenting with data

Emily Oster explores new ways to think about the dilemmas of child-rearing

By CAROL UNGAR
04/12/2019
THE CHIEF RABBI of Prague prays inside the High Synagogue in the Czech Republic in 2017. The book pr
Book review: A new guide to prayer

Prayer for people who don’t usually pray

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
04/12/2019
‘NUMBERED FOREARMS were everywhere and everyone knew what that meant, including the children.’
Numbered forearms were everywhere, and everyone knew what that meant

Toronto, like many post-war Jewish communities, was welcoming to the refugees – and not.

HANUKKAH IMAGES illuminate Jerusalem’s Old City walls.
Hanukkah: Get happy

Hanukkah is only eight days a year, but each candle can ignite a full year’s worth of change. Here are the eight miracles – four global and four personal

Happy Grandparents’ Day

When I was young, few of us in Israel had full sets of grandparents’

cancer
Cancer talk: ‘You’re not sick enough’

“You’re not sick enough to write about your health,” he intoned. “No one will take you seriously unless you’re close to death,” my fiend said.

04/12/2019
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The nefarious Irish bill

Even if one subscribes to the prevailing international perspective that Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria is a form of occupation, what is one to make of the Irish parliament?

Refuting US Rep. Levin’s letter against settlements

Israelis have wavered over the years regarding the territories’ legal status. But most avoided Hansell’s sloppiest distortion – which Levin echoed blindly.

03/12/2019
Chabad annual meeting of emissaries  in New York
No Holds Barred: Chabad must vocally stand with Israel

Some European consumers, Europe’s top judges ruled, might be too ethically refined to buy products made by Jews.

MCGILL UNIVERSITY campus in Montreal
Campus craziness

The latest atrocity emerges from McGill University in Montreal.

Preparing for the election of a US Democratic president

Israel cannot and should not interfere directly in the US elections. Yet it would be a great mistake to sit quietly.

Lithuania continues Soviet-style censorship 30 years post-independence

Holocaust distortion is so prevalent in Lithuania, which has initiated and led many of the initiatives in Eastern Europe to rewrite the narrative of World War II and the Holocaust.

People stop their cars in a highway to show their protest for increased gas price in Tehran, Iran No
Leadership lacking in Iran

The mullahs are worthless. They live in the Middle Ages. They murder, rape, terrorize, torture and eliminate anyone who stands in their way.

By EFRAN Q. FARD
02/12/2019
Fuel hike protests in Iran and the Kurds

The Kurds in Iran face intersectional oppression in that they are systematically disadvantaged and targeted by the Islamic regime’s security apparatus.

By HALMAT PALANI
02/12/2019
Sour grapes: A wider context to Saudi refinery attack aftermath

The complex nature of the oil market and geopolitical context was not fully understood by countries outside the Iran-Saudi Arabia or US-China relations realm.

By NICKI KONS
02/12/2019
The Jerusalem Film Festival
The beauty and diversity of Jewish culture

I would like to look at the phenomenon itself and ascertain what it can contribute to this ancient/modern city, Jerusalem, the center of the Jewish halachic world.

By GABRIELLA LEV
02/12/2019
Recent strides made in Azerbaijani-Israeli relations

It is a historical fact that no country in the Eurasian region has a closer strategic relationship with Israel than Azerbaijan.

By IBRAHIM MAMMADOV
02/12/2019
American and Israeli leaders must elevate political discourse

Today, both countries are also grappling with extreme uncertainty. America and Israel are in uncharted territory owing to enormous and widening domestic, political and social divides.

By EVAN NIERMAN
01/12/2019
A wake-up call for NATO

In a wake-up call to Europe, Macron warned that if Europe did not begin to think strategically and not just commercially, there was a considerable risk that it would disappear geopolitically.

MORE BUTTER?
The Great Butter Shortage

The Agriculture Ministry said it had foreseen the shortage of local butter, and recommended that the Finance Ministry allow the import of butter without extra tariffs.

The Knesset legitimation function – a temporary breakdown?

The Knesset is by no means a malfunctioning parliament, but that its legitimation function is of the highest importance.

Letters
December 2. 2019: Unravel UNRWA

Readers of The Jerusalem Post have their say.

WeWork followed a classic path – then it imploded

Like many successful entrepreneurs, WeWork founder Adam Neumann failed a few times, identified a real need, built an innovative product and succeeded in creating a real business.

By ELLIOT COHEN , OMER MATITYA
01/12/2019
Thankfulness is a basic human virtue

Today’s schools focus on teaching the whole child: heart, soul and mind. There is even a focus on spirituality in our schools. God has finally made it into the curriculum!

By KENNETH BRANDER
01/12/2019
Why was a monument erected for a Jew in Azerbaijan?

Bilateral relations at the political level are developing today. However, if an Azerbaijani Embassy in Israel had been opened, relations would have developed in a completely different way.

By SEYMUR MAMMADOV
30/11/2019
Israeli politics and the infield fly rule

Locally, of course, such idiomatic use is less common than where English is the mother tongue and baseball is the great pastime.

By BARRY NEWMAN
30/11/2019
Forensic officers work at the scene of a stabbing on London Bridge, in which two people were killed.
How imminent is the terrorist threat to Jews in India?

Suicide bombers are undeniably lethal, but their lethality depends on the successful discharge of an explosive, what’s inside the explosive device, and how many people are caught within the range of the blast.

By J.M. PHELPS
30/11/2019
Staying on mission

As the old joke goes, while some organizations are looking for a mission, Chabad is a mission looking for an organization.

By DAVID ELIEZRIE
30/11/2019
NYU: Isolating and silencing pro-Israel students and speakers - opinion

Academic departments at public and private universities alike have a moral responsibility to host speakers with diverse viewpoints in order to expose students to a breadth of opinions.

By BEN NEWHOUSE
01/12/2019
Anti-Ottoman TV show just another chink in Erdogan’s armor

But that wasn’t how the neo-Ottomans believed it. For them, Arabs – the most precious of all Muslims – were admired and cherished.

By PINAR TREMBLAY
30/11/2019
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the right-wing bloc faction meeting at the Knesset
The Knesset is not a sanctuary

This claim was first put forth in a letter from the Knesset’s legal adviser, Eyal Yinon, to the speaker of the Knesset with regard to the situation of MK Haim Katz.

30/11/2019
Set a prisoner policy

It's a steep price to pay but one that the Israeli government felt was worth it to save the life of a single soldier.

A presidential pardon in turn for retirement

Middle Israel: Mutiny on the Likud’s ‘Bounty’

ATTORNEY-GENERAL Avichai Mandelblit faces a decision that not only will determine his career.
Benjamin Netanyahu: Will he be forced out, what will his trial look like?

Avichai Mandelblit clearly took Netanyahu’s side – or at least he pushed hard to keep himself out of the discussion of forcing Netanyahu out.

Rabbi Mirvis’s message sounds the alarm over antisemitism

Jeremy Corbyn has come under fire from Jewish leaders and lawmakers both outside and within his party for his failure to combat antisemitism in Labour.

Gideon Sa’ar dares to openly take on Netanyahu

Sa’ar is fully aware of the difficult path he has embarked on.

29/11/2019
‘Mr. Erdogan has settled your bill’

Behind the Lines: Turkey already has the will and the raw materials. This knowledge is the factor it currently lacks.

Technology. (Illustrative)
Thyssenkrupp invests millions in first 3D metal-printing in Israel

Metal Point is the outcome of a collaboration between Thyssenkrupp and the Israeli company Impact Labs.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
28/11/2019
Your Investment: Can you have your cake and eat it too?

Maybe you really can have your cake and eat it too.

By AARON KATSMAN
28/11/2019
Hillel's Tech Corner: Hospital treatment at home

Imagine a world where you can undergo rehabilitation and many types of medical treatment in your own home, on your own time, without sharing a room with other patients.

28/11/2019
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YOUR TAXES: Using tax against global warming

Taxes on road fuel are relatively high, yet rarely fully reflect the cost of environmental harm, especially with some road transport sectors offered preferential rates.

By LEON HARRIS
28/11/2019
Canceling Roger Waters

Waters’ new documentary, shot during his 2017/2018 concert tour, debuted internationally this October in limited theaters.

By LANA MELMAN
05/12/2019
A Ghadr 1 class Shahab 3 long range missile is prepared for launch during a test from an unknown loc
Iran, not Pompeo’s West Bank announcement, hinders ‘peace'

Jordan’s claims to the West Bank following its 1949 seizure were never internationally recognized, and Israel usurped this land in a defensive war.

By MAYA CARLIN
28/11/2019
Is Hamas the true beneficiary of the Israel-Islamic Jihad escalation?

I found it interesting to see how Israel reacted to the rockets from Gaza this time, as opposed to how it acted in the past.

By BENJAMIN WEIL
28/11/2019
An Indonesian Christian worshipper holds a cross as she walks the Via Dolarosa on Good Friday in Jer
A new Christian antisemitism

The task of theology requires an assessment, not only of the Bible, but of reality around us.

By PESACH WOLICKI
28/11/2019
The Palestinian election opportunity

UNRWA DOES not help Palestinians. Quite the opposite. It perpetuates the conflict by instilling a mentality of victimhood.

By EITAN FISCHBERGER
28/11/2019
Transcendence: 50,000 Jews celebrated Zionism in Hebron

Know Comment: Israeli media found little reason to cover the biggest festival of the month

Grapevine: An Asian presence

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

Pressing charges and Netanyahu’s trials

My Word: Over the years, I have seen Netanyahu at his best and worst.

Where are the protests against Netanyahu?

Where is the public? Where are the protesters? After such a harsh indictment, why is no one camping out in a 24-hour protest? Where is Blue and White?

29/11/2019
Supporters of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu protest outside Likud Party headquarters in
Right from Wrong: No, Israel’s not imploding

Every period in the country’s 71-year history has been marked by internal strife coupled with external danger.

28/11/2019
Francesco Hayez
Book review: Follow the blessing - A father’s dream for Jacob and Esau

Follow the blessing: An excerpt from ‘Explorations Expanded’: A father’s dream for Jacob and Esau

By ARI KAHN
28/11/2019
A FIREMAN helps a man as a home burns in New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 20
Book review: Exploration after a villain dies

Dad’s death sparks a lively dark comedy that plumbs the depths of New Orleans.

By MARION WINIK
28/11/2019
PLO leader Yasser Arafat shakes hands with Irish foreign minister Dick Spring in 1996
Book review: Ex-Irish minister says he was framed

Book blames antisemitism for derailing Alan Shatter’s career

By YANKY FACHLER
28/11/2019
PUTIN’S HYBRID WAR AND THE JEWS By Sam Sokol ISGAP 364 pages; $15.00
Ukraine’s Jews in the crucible

During the war in Ukraine, antisemitism became a tool for governments and propaganda.

‘WHAT SEPARATES American Jews and Israel is, well, everything... [yet] we ought to celebrate those d
Liberal Jews and their anti-democratic, anti-liberal critique of Israel

We must acknowledge that we cannot both insist that Israel make concessions for peace now and respect the intellectual independence of Mizrahi Jews.

MANY GENERATIONS: The Brots have three grown children, 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Israel's political crisis, Benjamin Netanyahu and the free-stuff lure

I’ve never won the lottery, any lottery. Which is really no surprise, since I’ve never played the lottery, any lottery.

29/11/2019
IFNOTNOW SUPPORTERS protest outside of Trump International Hotel in Washington, against the US Embas
Elections, Jews and what of tomorrow?

Many Jews have said if the Labour Party wins the election, they will exit the United Kingdom.

Embarassing moments
Psychology: Embarrassing moments

Many years ago, I worked with a mom around her almost four-year-old’s lack of interest in toilet training.

By DR. BATYA L. LUDMAN
28/11/2019
A higher moral standard

A prime minister with integrity and a moral compass would understand the ethical obligation to resign under such circumstances.

Keep it safe
The world of the Web – making the Internet a safer place

The Internet is home to 26.6 billion active user accounts (or online residents), and this space is known as the virtual world.

By OMRI TIMIANKER
27/11/2019
Conspiracy revealed, conspirator tells all

Remember, you read it first in The Jerusalem Post.

Falling leaders

Trump and Netanyahu are just warming up in their wars against those in their governments who have the courage to stand up to morally and criminally corrupt leaders.

IN THIS time of uncertainty, let’s remain calm, urges the writer
It’s important now to keep our wits about us

Our security focus has not been distracted, no matter how distracting our political issues might be.

AN EMPLOYEE stands next to an Elbit Systems Ltd. Hermes 900 unmanned aerial vehicle at the company's
Impact of export control law on the Israeli economy

In refusing to clarify fundamental requirements under the law, Israel chills local economic activity and investment.

By ELI GREENBAUM
27/11/2019
A TRUCK passes a small Israeli community in the West Bank
Trump recognizes our connection to the biblical lands of Judea and Samaria

There should be a bipartisan consensus that Jews have a right to live anywhere in biblical Israel, especially in Judea and Samaria.

Kick racism out

Israeli society is starting to normalize hatred against Arabs. Extremists’ remarks do not shock people anymore.

Vehicles drive along a road in the Jordan Valley
Securing the Jordan Valley

Ex-Israeli generals have proposed plans within a two-state framework to ensure Israeli security without limiting Palestinian sovereignty.

By JONAH NAGHI
27/11/2019
Letters
November 27, 2019: This land is ours

Readers of the Jerusalem Post have their say.

THE KNESSET – lawmakers have different ways of expressing their frustration over the coalition crisi
Center Field: The Sultan of Stalemate coarsens Israel’s soul

How can Netanyahu disparage our democracy at home, after justifiably toasting it abroad?

26/11/2019
Lessons learned from Operation Moses

Immigration, and the continual promotion of immigration, remains central to Israel’s national ethos.

By NOAM WEISSMAN
26/11/2019
U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Netherlands' Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the White House in
Praise be the Dutch

The Netherlands’ House of Representatives bucked the European trend and called the EU court’s ruling discriminatory.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Netanyahu – in the national interest, please step down now

Unless Netanyahu steps down immediately, we are headed for a third round of elections.

26/11/2019
'I'm proud to be Jewish, even if it is politically incorrect'

Despite our difficult history, Jews have not only survived, but thrived.

By MICHAEL SUSSMAN
01/12/2019
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Behind Bloomberg: Wall Street in the 1960s. Behind
Bloomberg or Bernie: Which Jewish candidate do American Jews want?

This cycle’s Democratic primary is shaping up to be the greatest troll of white nationalist Twitter — a battle royale featuring both a Jewish socialist from Brooklyn and a Jewish billionaire.

By AMI EDEN/JTA
25/11/2019
European Union flags fly near the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, October 4,
The EU and settlement products – what’s true, what’s not

Accuracy on what the court’s ruling is really about and its implications are part of our shared responsibility to promote and protect our relationship.

Trump and Israel

The strongest reaction came from Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the only Jewish candidate, who exclaimed: “Israeli settlements in occupied territory are illegal."

By WILLIAM S. COMANOR
24/11/2019
A policy change of biblical proportions

The world must realize that the Land of Israel is ours.

Israel first

The Likud has long claimed that former prime minister Ehud Olmert, for example, was part of the Left. In that case, how is it possible that he was investigated by police?

Letters
November 25, 2019: Life after indictment

Readers of the Jerusalem Post have their say.

Reality Check: Follow the Nixon model

“I have never been a quitter. To leave office before my term is completed is abhorrent to every instinct in my body. But as president, I must put the interest of America first."

24/11/2019
Iron Dome anti-missile system fires interception missiles as rockets are launched from Gaza towards
Saturday people, Sunday people and the ‘Mohammadian army’

“In his tweets in Turkish and Arabic, however, Erdogan described his forces as ‘the heroes of the Mohammadian army’ – a term dating back to the Ottoman Empire,” the report continued.

Netanyahu’s indictment, painful to watch. But Americans shouldn't lose hope

Netanyahu calls the charges “an attempted coup.” In many respects, his defiant stance and refusal to step aside also is unprecedented.

By SCOTT LASENSKY/ JTA
23/11/2019
WHO IS facilitating antisemitism in London.
British olim could be the big losers in the upcoming UK election

Current Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson must be hoping that this December’s vote.

By ANDREW ALBUM
23/11/2019
People wave European union flags
EU court ruling defied by American declaration

More than 20 international law experts and jurists convened at The Hague to put together their understanding of the law.

By JENNY AHARON
23/11/2019
Azerbaijan is a true example of inter-civilizational and inter-confessional intercultural dialogue

The multiculturalism and tolerance, historically inherent in the lifestyle of Azerbaijanis, today have become an integral feature of the daily life of every citizen of the Azerbaijani state.

23/11/2019
Jordan's King Abdullah (wearing a black shirt) and Crown Prince Hussein pray as they take part in a
The end of Israel’s involvement with Naharayim and Tzofar? Maybe not

The two leases were identical and put into separate annexes of the peace treaty.

By MICHAEL J. STRAUSS
23/11/2019
Hezbollah energy threat could send Israel back to biblical times

For a country blessed with endless sun and great technology – and obsessed with security – we’re sure acting like our decision-makers are in the pockets of the fossil fuel industry

23/11/2019
Selective barring

The major aim of the trip was to distribute $5 million to approximately 150 Satmar institutions in Israel, which do not receive funding from the state due to their anti-Zionist ideology.

Jewish people are alive and well, the proof is in ashes

Ashes from the destruction of the Second Temple!

24/11/2019
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the media at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, i
Netanyahu’s indictment painful, yet Americans mustn't lose hope in Zion

Netanyahu calls the charges “an attempted coup.” In many respects, his defiant stance and refusal to step aside also is unprecedented.

By SCOTT LASENSKY/ JTA
23/11/2019
THE KNESSET – lawmakers have different ways of expressing their frustration over the coalition crisi
Wake up, MKs

This is a wake up call. Get your act together and don’t let there be a third election in less than a year.

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