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.

A Palestinian Hamas-hired civil servant displays U.S. Dollar banknotes
How Hamas is spending Qatari money

Protection rackets provide “protection” for profit. Much of that profit, typically, is plowed back to the organization to render it even more powerful.

The Middle East in view of a decreased US presence

Since the American people seem determined to decrease America’s military presence in the Middle East, the US should bolster its support for Israel’s campaign

By WILLIAM J. BENDER , ARI CICUREL
20/02/2020
Seven years after my arrest, Israel is still in religious handcuffs

It was a crime of passion – prayer. I had been praying at the Western Wall with Women of the Wall, wearing a tallit exactly as I had since my bat mitzvah.

Adva Center: Israel's economic growth doesn't benefit most citizens

“It’s high time for a turnabout in public policy that places the public interest at the center.”

Ehud Olmert: Nothing has changed since last election

There is no other way to say this: Vote for the Blue and White bloc.

20/02/2020
King Felipe VI omits to apologize for expulsion of the Jews from Spain

At the Fifth International Holocaust Forum, King Felipe mentioned that “Spain has a rich and complex Jewish past” but did not explicitly mention the expulsion of the Jews of Spain.

By EDUARDO EURNEKIAN , BARUCH TENEMBAUM
20/02/2020
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembl
There’s always money for Israel-bashing and antisemitism at the UN

No country should be interested in aiding and abetting the agenda of the hypocritical UN Human Rights Council

God who doesn’t exist forbid!

Crass politicians are stirring anti-religious passions for electoral gain

From Albert Camus's 'Plague' to the coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak has brought out the best and worst in people.

Former MK: A historic week for the haredi world... and Israel

UTJ Mk Moshe Gafni's support for haredi schools with more secular studies than required is nothing short of a revolution.

21/02/2020
Benny Gantz's cluelessness on US politics

According to Gantz, it is Netanyahu’s fault that Israel has become a partisan issue in the US, and it is the mission of the “anybody-but-Bibi” faction to remedy the situation

20/02/2020
‘TO CALL Rashi or Maimonides “Orthodox” would be an anachronism.’
A thought on the emergence of modern Orthodoxy

“Observance of the Sabbath gradually was abandoned in the larger cities and increasingly in the small towns as well

By AHARON WEXLER
20/02/2020
PHANTOM LADY Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, The Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock By Christina Lan
The untold story of the woman genius behind Hitchcock

Note of Harrison’s achievement suggested that stereotypes die hard. Harrison, The New York Times wrote, was “‘the only producer anywhere, with dimples and a 24-inch waistline.’”

By GERALD BARTELL
20/02/2020
THE SHOW WON’T GO ON By Jeff Abraham and Burt Kearns Chicago Review Press 240 pages; $16.99
Book review: The shows that didn't go on

The strange deaths of performers onstage

JOURNEY TO OPEN ORTHODOXY By Rabbi Avraham “Avi” Weiss Urim Publications 613 pages; $29.95
Book review: Open Orthodoxy founder tells story

Rabbi Avi Weiss takes the reader on his evolving journey

TALIA CARNER: Eyes opened to the plight of women.
New novel ‘The Third Daughter’: the Jewish women sold into sex slavery

The plight of the 150,000 Batyas

By DAVID ISAACSON
20/02/2020
Reflections: the bad juju gown

I found lots of discussion online about jinxed garments – especially unlucky pants.

By EVELYN PEONY
20/02/2020
Coronavirus: The new risks require new insights and approaches

The speed of Chinese viral contamination sends us a risk signal for trade. We discover that rapid propagation does not just work for incoming and outgoing goods and services.

By MICHAEL R. CZINKOTA
19/02/2020
A lesson from the coronavirus on the fragility and strength of humanity

This disease has already destroyed many lives. And in addition to physically killing people, we know that it is wrecking havoc in many other ways.

Netanyahu calls for proplr in Jerusalem to go and vote
Ahead of Israel's third elections, both sides exclude Arabs

Despite the promise of a “positive campaign” by Likud officials, once again, the main campaign slogan of the Likud is “Without the Arab Joint List, Gantz can’t form a government.”

Sorry, but Bernie Sanders is no Zionist

Bernie Sanders's PR people have been busily spinning his image and Jewish ancestry. So let’s look at his record, associates and endorsements.

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and U.S. Se
All eyes on US primaries on March 3, not Israeli elections the day before

This particular US election dwarfs everything else on the news agenda. Everything, even Israel’s election, the third election in a year.

Blue and White rejecting the Joint List repeats Ehud Barak's mistake

Over the past decades, Zionist parties abandoned their commitment to full equality, and have not even tried to include representatives of the Arab citizens on high places on their lists.

Members of the Sovereignty Movement protest outside the Prime Minister’s Residence on February 6
The citizenship conundrum need not confound the statehood solution

If we accept the figures offered by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, the annexation of Judea and Samaria would result in as few as 120,000 and as many as 300,000 new Palestinian Arab voters.

By AMIR AVIVI , MELISSA JANE KRONFELD
19/02/2020
‘WHAT SEPARATES American Jews and Israel is, well, everything... [yet] we ought to celebrate those d
Is this the end of 'the dying Diaspora'? – opinion

Since the American and French revolutions, assimilation has replaced acculturation in the Jewish Diaspora.

19/02/2020
Russia, Turkey, Iran reassert glory of past empires in today's Middle East

The three countries see the Arab countries as weak and exploitable, and two of them, seek to reassert their former spheres of control there.

By JACK COHEN
19/02/2020
US Jews must urge Israelis to safeguard the Trump-Netanyahu relationship

Israel needs the best leader possible at this critical moment, and no one has more experience than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin, January 30, 2020
Judaism’s liquidoxy rejects extremes, Right and Left

Imagine some truly dangerous people who should be kept away from key institutions.

18/02/2020
The tragic isolation of the Palestinian Authority

Incitement and attacks against Palestinians who want to reach out are harming the few courageous voices who would like to open minds about a future that can be different.

Palestinian rights activists moonlight as terrorists

The fact that the ties between Palestinian civil society groups and terrorist organizations have significantly deepened over the years should alarm anyone.

PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump announcing the ‘Deal of the Century.
The Trump plan's legacy is the failure of the Right

Ambassador David Friedman gave America’s blessing to annexation within a day of the plan’s release. Ten days later, he did a full about-face.

By TEHILA WENGER
17/02/2020
Donald Trump's plan for Israel’s security

The security-based essence of the plan has been one of the fundamentals of Israel’s security doctrine since repelling aggression in the Six Day War.

Reuven Rivlin speaks out against bullying

Under the slogan #DontStandBy, the president on Sunday launched a campaign against cyberbullying.

Does anyone still care about Jewish values?

As antisemitism has spiked around the world, including in the United States, Holocaust memory has become more important than ever.

Walking with survivors on 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

We entered the gas chambers in silence... there was no talking allowed.

By ANAT BARBER
17/02/2020
A HAREDI child reads from the Bible during a reading class at the Kehilot Ya’acov Torah School for b
Promoting Jewish learning is the greatest revenge against our enemies

Many historians agree that antisemitism is reaching levels globally not seen since the Holocaust.

By ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI
17/02/2020
After years of conflict, shoots of peace emerging in Yemen

Arguably, Yemen is now at its calmest since the civil war began.

An open letter to Avigdor Liberman

Mr. Liberman, the polls indicate that you are in a strong position to decide the future of our children and grandchildren in the election on March 2.

By WALTER BINGHAM
17/02/2020
The Lounge February 18, 2020: Partner Communications

Last Tuesday, Partner Communications held its annual conference, titled ‘Partners in Excellence.’

By MICHAL GALANTI
17/02/2020
Preparing for an American Democratic president

It is a great problem for Israel that the majority of American Jews will probably vote for the Democratic nominee, whoever that is.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Mevo'ot Yericho in the Jordan Valley
Constitutional changes in the post-Netanyahu era

One of the most burning issues that must be addressed concerns transition governments.

Schoolchildren stand in the doorway and watch as ultra-Orthodox Jews prepare matza in Bnei Brak near
The toxic ramifications of haredi education on Israeli society

The lack of a core curriculum in the haredi sector for boys is one of the biggest restraints on the integration of men from the community into the workforce, and on their earning capacity.

The Arab Spring for the Joint List

The Joint List is not actually absent from their influence over the identity of the next prime minister, as attested to by the three previous election campaigns.

By ITAY TSAMIR
16/02/2020
Honoring my father’s legacy in Israel

My father was born in Poland. In 1941, after he lost one brother to the Nazis, the Soviets took control of his hometown and he and his family were deported to Siberia, where they survived the war.

By ANA DEMEL
16/02/2020
US President Donald Trump and senior adviser Jared Kushner leave the World Economic Forum, 2020.
Trump’s deal highlights the great Jewish rift

There are numerous lamentations about the negative implications for Palestinians and the manifest injustice being paid to them.

‘THEIR LEGACY, however, is not only a “peace process” that failed, the Oslo Accords.
The ‘Deal of the Century’ – changing the borders

When the Palestinians reached the conclusion that rejection does not pay, they recognized Israel’s statehood and signed the Oslo Accords.

By TERRY NEWMAN
16/02/2020
The killing of Soleimani and the ‘Deal of the Century’

“The Persians did invent chess, but I met quite a few Jews who learned how to deliver checkmate,” replied Maj.-Gen. Aharon Haliva, noting that the campaign-between-the-wars is far from over.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani salutes the crowd during the commemoration of the 41st anniversary
40th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic Revolution riddled with failures

Celebrations this week mark the 41st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

By MAYA CARLIN
16/02/2020
KOCHAVI – WITH newly appointed Defense Minister Naftali Bennett – is known as a perfectionist and re
Iran’s not waiting

The approval process for Momentum needs to be above the fray of politics and electioneering.

S President Donald Trump unveils his Middle East peace plan together with Prime Minister Benjamin Ne
One Christian Zionist’s perspective

I, like most Christian Zionists, was both excited and apprehensive at the thought of a peace plan coming from this administration.

By TOMMY WALLER
16/02/2020
The site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz is pictured during
‘Never again’ – all over again

Their experiences and life lessons learned and lived seem to imbue many with a quality of moral authority that leads all of us to sit upright and listen.

By NAFTALI SCHIFF
16/02/2020
Churchill’s definition of Belgium: ‘A manufactured country’

“Usury” was the grounds for deportation of the Jews of Antwerp by the Duke of Brabant in 1261, who called for them to be expelled or destroyed.

Yoaz Hendel: Gantz-led gov't will bring sovereignty over Jordan Valley

"There is no sovereignty? It is mostly the fault of the right-wing governments."

By YOAZ HENDEL
14/02/2020
Uzi Dayan
Uzi Dayan: 'Sovereignty in the Jordan Valley is a security necessity'

The Jordan Valley – strategic depth essential for Israel's existence

14/02/2020
David Elhayani: 'Jordanians want Israeli sovereignty over Jordan Valley'

"Sovereignty over the Jordan Valley is merely a matter of time, and almost all indications point in that direction."

By DAVID ELHAYANI
14/02/2020
Sharren Haskel's plan for sovereignty over the Jordan Valley

In her proposed legislation, MK Haskel detailed the process of sovereignty in the Jordan Valley and northern Samaria in a number of key phases

By SHARREN HASKEL
14/02/2020
Ayelet Shaked: 'It is our obligation to apply sovereignty'

Our plan "obviates the need for Israel to uproot communities, and it does so while avoiding any act that anyone could consider to be apartheid."

By AYELET SHAKED
15/02/2020
ChargeAfter announces VISA partnership

The venture will also allow retailers working with ChargeAfter access to Visa’s sellers, acquirers and issuing banks in order to garner a range of point of sale financing and credit options.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
13/02/2020
Waze Application
Your Investments: Israeli technology, Can you profit?

Israel is changing the world for the better.

By AARON KATSMAN
13/02/2020
Hillel's Tech Corner: accessibleGO, travel platform for disabled people

When Elaine landed in Hawaii for a much-needed vacation, she was shocked to discover that the “accessible” hotel room she’d booked wasn’t built wide enough to let her wheelchair fit in the door.

13/02/2020
Digital management of bank accounting
YOUR TAXES: Worldwide tax reform for digital and consumer facing companies

Even if the users in the market countries don’t pay, they are merely users with cookies in their computers for analytical and advertising purposes.

By LEON HARRIS
13/02/2020
Encountering Peace: And the rest is history

Abbas believed that the first stage of liberation and statehood would begin with the Israeli withdrawal.

Candidly Speaking : Our age of miracles may hold lost opportunities

For the first time since Oslo, there is political consensus in Israel on how to relate to the Palestinian conflict.

13/02/2020
The empty seat of Israel is pictured during a session of the Human Rights Council at the UN, 2019
The UN Human Rights Council's shameful blacklist

Countries with the worst human-rights records, such as Cuba and Venezuela, pushed the list due to their anti-Israel views, not because of an attachment to international law.

When mysticism becomes science

Traditionally, Jewish thinkers were divided into two categories: philosophers and mystics.

By EDUARD SHYFRIN
13/02/2020
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures beneath a poster of the late leader Yasser Arafat
Mahmoud Abbas’s 1,000 nos

Know Comment: Abbas also swore “never” to recognize Israel as the national state of the Jewish people (and mocked Russian and Ethiopian immigrants to Israel as non-Jews).

Ehud Olmert to 'Post': This is why I met with PA leader Abbas

Netanyahu never really planned to implement Trump’s peace plan.

15/02/2020
The secrets to a successful aliyah

A successful aliyah requires coming prepared mentally. Israeli culture and norms are different than those in the US, for good and for bad.

Doha, Qatar
Qatar’s royals: Up to no good again?

Like Iran, Qatar funds terrorism, says ex-chair of House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Jews must set an example in resisting coronavirus anti-Chinese racism

As a Jew, the upsurge of anti-Chinese bigotry triggered by the coronavirus brings back painful memories of medieval Europeans blaming Jews for the spread of the Black Death.

Stay calm and confident - How to face the Coronavirus

Everyone can help to fight the novel coronavirus pneumonia.

By WANG YONGJUN
13/02/2020
Grapevine: Running against the clock

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

My Word: A journey to the Jordan Valley

Many former students from Shadmot Neria have returned to the moshav or surrounding region and have helped establish three more communities.

What Netanyahu really wants is a fourth election

Editor's Note: In the Arab sector there is an expectation that people who did not vote in the past will vote on March 2.

16/02/2020
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a Security Council meeting at the United Nations i
The real source of Abbas’s ‘Swiss cheese’ revulsion

Former prime minister Ehud Olmert praised the very Palestinian leader who had snubbed his own generous-to-the-point-of-suicidal offer.

14/02/2020
CONVICTED CHILD molester Jerry Sandusky (center), a coach at Penn State University, arrives at a Pen
Malcom Gladwell on reading people

Unlike in his previous works, however, the places Gladwell goes in his Talking to Strangers are foreboding and dark

By JEFFREY B. KOBRIN
13/02/2020
HOW CAN you maintain your sanity and actually ‘enjoy’ raising children without resorting to extreme
Revisiting the Ten Commandments of parenting: the first four

How do you help children become respectful and responsible adults, while you maintain your sanity and actually “enjoy” raising children? I thought I’d share the Ten Commandments of raising children.

By DR. BATYA L. LUDMAN
13/02/2020
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu and wife Sara meet Naama Issachar and her mother Yaffa in Moscow o
Hype and happy endings for Na'ama Issachar

There was a very effective local campaign to ensure a high level of awareness in Israel about Na’ama’s plight. However, all the hype and happy ending stuff may be backfiring.

Iceland Blue Lagoon geothermal spa
What's on your travel bucket list?

Bucket lists are more than a pleasant distraction; they have real psychological value. Fulfilling a bucket list “is an attempt to make life memorable," writes Prof. Christopher Peterson.

14/02/2020
‘I FIND myself in the French Alps...'
A winter in the French Alps with French olim

The hotel is called Club J and J stands for juvie: Jew

THE ‘BROKEN Anchor’ memorial at Pearl Harbor
From Hawaii to Jerusalem

I'm told that if one would dig in a straight line from Hawaii directly through the Earth, he would come up in Jerusalem!

Qatar’s royals: Up to no good again?

Like Iran, Qatar funds terrorism, says ex-chair of House Foreign Affairs Committee

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani salutes the crowd during the commemoration of the 41st anniversary
40th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic Revolution riddled with failures

In this week in 1979, monarchical rule was abruptly squashed as fundamentalist Shi’ite clerics seized power under the leadership of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

By MAYA CARLIN
13/02/2020
AIPAC’s challenge: Celebrating bipartisanship when it’s passé

This is an American problem that goes far beyond US-Israel relations. Increasingly, our age of fanatic partisanship considers bipartisanship delusional or distracting.

12/02/2020
What is Donald Trump's vision of Jerusalem?

Here are a few facts about this so-called “open and democratic” city of Jerusalem.

kidney operation
A live kidney is highest form of charity

For years, living kidney donors were common among relatives and friends, but what Matnat Chaim in Israel and other organizations are encouraging is the donation of a live kidney to strangers.

The war of walls between Israel and the Palestinians

Many Israelis today feel they are being punished for who they are, rather than what they thought or did – damned if they want peace, damned if they don’t.

By ALI SHAKIR
12/02/2020
Israel Hayom newspaper
Finally, introspection in the press

We are not naïve. One newspaper issue, whose readership is limited, will not change the world.

By YISRAEL MEDAD , ELI POLLAK
12/02/2020
Trump's revenge served hot in the 'Friday Night Massacre'

Revenge has been called a dish best served cold, but US President Donald Trump prefers it red-hot and steaming.

The Israel Museum
A day at the museum: A history of rejection and reconciliation

How these three traditions, shaped through their mutual interactions, continue to mold us today.

By NAOMI HENOCH
12/02/2020
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