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.

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
The challenges of bringing Judaism back to the Jews of Europe

40 men but no minyan

By YEHOSHUA GRUNSTEIN
12/02/2020
Joshua's Altar at Mt. Ebal
How do you ignore the intellectual 'volcano' of Mount Ebal?

Only recently have my theories about Mount Ebal started to gain serious attention and interest – even acceptance.

By ZVI KOENIGSBERG
12/02/2020
Holy sites in the land of Israel are doomed to be profaned by Palestinians

Such widespread hatred for the Jews can only be explained in a spiritual sense

12/02/2020
Supreme injustice in Israel's elections

Every democracy has its redlines, and support for terrorism crosses the Israeli version.

Tackling the intersection of Torah and technology

Is it permissible to ride in an autonomous vehicle on Shabbat? Can “meat” grown from the cells of a pig be kosher, or even parve?

By CHAIM SUKENIK
11/02/2020
Grapevine February 11, 2020: Not fair play

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

Members of the Sovereignty Movement protest outside the Prime Minister’s Residence on February 6
Comparing the pros and cons of Trump's Peace Plan

In addition to warding off international pressure to whittle down the terms of the plan to Israel’s disfavor, the history of the Zionist project teaches us that no agreement is self-enforcing.

By AMIEL UNGAR
11/02/2020
Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi watch as President Donald Trump deli
When things fall apart: The impeachment of politics

The impeachment trial provides a useful graphic shared example from which to learn about all conflict. The principles apply to conflict regardless of the scale.

By LEONARD CARR
11/02/2020
How well can British Labour candidates tackle antisemitism in the party?

Corbyn remains highly popular among the membership; a recent YouGov poll found him to be the members’ most popular Labour leader in the last century.

By AIDAN CHIVERS
10/02/2020
‘THE IMPORTANCE of employing people with disabilities and diversity in the workplace is understood b
Intimate relationships and disabilities: A journey into the self

With the rise of the movement for self-advocacy of people with disabilities, we are witnessing the claim of self-realization in the sphere of marriage as well.

By BENNY HOZMI
10/02/2020
IS THIS where the garbage ends up?
The West Bank as Israel’s waste destination

October 10, 2019, will be remembered as the date on which the Israeli government made a decision that threatens to turn the West Bank into “the garbage bin of Israel.”

By CARMIT LUBANOV , MOSSI RAZ
10/02/2020
Social media’s bomb of hate goes TikTok

Anytime you have countless underage teens uploading and creating content, you’re going to have a lot of awkward, inappropriate and even offensive material.

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY President Mahmoud Abbas. The author argues that the Palestinians too often den
God, not Balfour, gave Israel to the Jews

Judea and Samaria are the region where 80% of all biblical events occurred. Trump mentioned this at the White House. These are intrinsically connected to Jewish identity.

Knesset members discuss Netanyahu's request for immunity
The pot calling the kettle black

In the case of a MK against whom the attorney-general has decided to file an indictment, the members of his party and of his Knesset bloc vote as one.

By YEDIDIA STERN
10/02/2020
Annexing health

We’re less than three weeks away from the third election in Israel in less than a year, and most politicians must be taking the average voter for a fool.

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Danny Danon to Olmert: Do not come to the UN to meet Mahmoud Abbas

Looking at Abbas’ track record during his tenure as chairman of the Palestinian Authority, one would be forgiven for thinking that his greatest political aspiration is endless war with Israel.

10/02/2020
CAN ONE of these scenarios actualize to prevent another round of elections?
Voter fatigue has set in ahead of third round of elections

Reality check: The thrill of new elections is gone

09/02/2020
From Afghanistan, Israel should extend olive branch to Iran

Israel and Afghanistan do not have a diplomatic relationship with each other. That should not prevent the two societies from working pragmatically together.

By SAID M. AZAM
09/02/2020
The almond tree and its blossom, according to the Haggadah, have a special significance for Tu Bishv
Celebrating Tu Bishvat, New Year for the trees

Tu Bishvat is one of the Jewish festivals that is uniquely tied to the Land of Israel and is widely celebrated here by Jews – religious and secular – while less well known or marked in the Diaspora.

The rift between the first and second Israel

There are numerous impressive Mizrahi intellectuals, who express radical positions of various political shades, and who share the anger and rage about the continuing discrimination against Mizrahim.

A European Union flag flies outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Decem
Does the EU hear the Israeli public?

Terror-ties are not an isolated problem.

By LIORA HENIG COHEN
08/02/2020
Baseless hatred: The ultimate obstacle to peace

By ISRAEL "IZZY" KALMAN
08/02/2020
NUREMBERG PROSECUTOR Ben Ferencz (left) with Gabe Nierman, the author’s son.
Life lessons in justice and humanity

By EVAN NIERMAN
10/02/2020
Military units of the IRGC Ground Force are seen as they launched war games in the Gulf, December 22
The anatomy of a cover-up

How Iranian regime apologists in the West used social media to silence whistle-blowers about the Ukrainian jetliner destroyed by the IRGC

By KAVEH TAHERI , KAMRAN AYAZI
08/02/2020
Why doesn’t Israel have a 911 system?

Currently, there are 14 emergency numbers in Israel.

08/02/2020
The meeting of the third East Mediterranean Gas Forum, which is hosted by Egypt.
Gas forum a diplomatic opportunity for Israel

While Israel, Greece, Cyprus and Italy are discussing the construction of a gas pipeline from Israel to Europe, the new organization positions Egypt as a regional energy hub.

On shift at the Hatzor Air Force Base.
Stain on IAF

The fault here lies with the Israel Air Force and the buck stops at the top with its commander Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin.

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn
What’s next for the UK’s Labour Party?

In December, the British people delivered their verdict: a devastating rejection of Corbyn, his hard-left agenda and antisemitism.

06/02/2020
U.S. President Trump and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu at the unveiling of Trump's "Deal of the
‘Deal of the Century’ born in sin

Israeli Arabs were severely affected by the part of the plan that raises the possibility that Israeli borders will be redefined so that the “triangle communities” become part of Palestine.

06/02/2020
YOU CAN play around with the statistics and make all sorts of complicated calculations, but at the e
The shocking wage gap

I question the state’s priorities when making decisions regarding the distribution of public funds, since clearly certain sectors of Israeli society are being paid much larger wages than others.

07/02/2020
A Palestinian reacts next to a fire during a protest against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middl
Our Arab neighbors have always rejected any kind of so-called peace plans

Our rights to our land should not and will not be contingent in any way shape or form as to whether we agree to the creation of another enemy state.

US President Donald Trump
Trump has changed the landscape of the Middle East

Oman, Bahrain and the UAE even went so far in their support as to send delegates to the White House ceremony where Trump unveiled the plan with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his side.

By ERIC R. MANDEL , MICHELLE MAKORI
06/02/2020
JUST GIVE HIM one more chance. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump at the W
Know Comment: Moving beyond the ‘EKP’

What ‘everybody used to know’ about the parameters for Israeli-Palestinian peace has been jolted by the Trump plan

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he welcomes Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at th
Give peace (plan) a chance

This is the moment when Israelis should act maturely and restrainedly while Palestinians should arise and act courageously and constructively.

The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron
Profaning Jewish cultural and holy sites

Palestinians have not merely threatened to profane Jewish holy sites, they have physically done so in the most egregious of ways.

06/02/2020
Ukrainian plane crash: the anatomy of a cover-up

How Iranian regime apologists in the West used social media to silence whistle-blowers about the Ukrainian jetliner destroyed by the IRGC

By KAVEH TAHERI , KAMRAN AYAZI
06/02/2020
Using Tu Bishvat to promote an environmentally better way of life

'I believe that Tu Bishvat should be remodeled yet again to promote awareness and a call to action to protect our biosphere.'

By RICHARD SHAVEI-TZION
05/02/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump looks over at Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a joint
Trump’s Peace to Prosperity plan is a beginning

Until there is a change in Palestinian perception of their victimage and a change of Palestinian leadership Trump's plan is unlikely to work.

By SAMUEL M. EDELMAN
05/02/2020
Israel needs a real peace plan

The Palestinians are rejecting the Trump plan outright, so it will not lead to a settlement. But from it we must try to extract components that will help achieve a settlement in the future.

By NADAV TAMIR
05/02/2020
Drift from Israel

If there is a bad law in the Knesset – and there are bad laws passed in the Knesset – then it must mean that Israel is losing its democratic soul, some think.

U.S. President Donald Trump winks at Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they discuss a Mi
Washington Watch: Trump’s myopic ‘vision’

The Trump plan was designed to appeal not to historic supporters but to the basic American political bases of both men – Evangelical Christians and right-wing, largely Orthodox, Jews.

PALESTINIANS IN Ramallah hold signs last week during a protest against the upcoming US-led Mideast e
The citizenship conundrum need not confound statehood solution

This manner of advocacy for the Palestinian people is insincere at best and patronizing at worse as it fails to recognize that the Palestinians are no more a monolithic block than are the Jews.

By AMIR AVIVI , MELISSA JANE KRONFELD
05/02/2020
Encountering Peace: Where do they belong?

The Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel have been struggling to be recognized as full Israeli citizens.

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