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.

Cover of the Strategic Affairs Ministry's report on links between BDS and terrorism
Time for diplomatic optimism

The anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) illustrates how we have turned a tactical threat that does not endanger Israel’s security or prosperity into an existential threat.

By NADAV TAMIR
12/12/2019
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Oh, Linda Sarsour!Impossible to be a Zionist and a feminist?

Equating Zionism with white supremacy and implying that American Zionists (the vast majority of Jews) are complicit in supporting a racist state is antisemitic.

By MIRI SHALEM
13/12/2019
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks at his watch before delivering a statement at the Kn
Israel is missing the opportunity of the century

The lack of a functioning, stable government has led us to a historic blunder.

HEALTH & SCIENCE
Working for tips

How chutzpah and foreskins helped fight multiple sclerosis.

12/12/2019
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida, U.S., November 26, 2019
President Trump deserves our thanks for combating antisemitism

BDS bills itself as “a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality,” yet it’s true aim is to displace Israelis,

12/12/2019
Know Comment: Distortions in the fight against antisemitism

Jew-hatred is surging in the streets, even in North America, yet this has neither commanded mainstream media attention nor inspired popular outrage.

Keep Dreaming: The view from the balcony

Inspiration from our first prime minister as we head off – yet again – to choose our next.

Wisdom is in the timing

There’s a time to shut up and do, and a time to send a threatening message.

Grapevine: A doctor in the house?

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

From rotting bananas to Auschwitz art

My Word: If this is art, I’ll eat my words – or something.

Why is Israel going to the polls again? So Netanyahu can avoid trial

From Netanyahu’s perspective it is a gamble worth taking. But what about the public’s perspective? What is best for the State of Israel?

13/12/2019
A participant wears a Trump "Make America Great Again" yarmulke as they attend a White House Hanukka
Beyond Trump Derangement Syndrome

The fact that groups like Students for Justice in Palestine went ballistic over this stroke of genius makes perfect sense.

12/12/2019
UNRWA mandate renewal needs some reasonable conditions added

The time has come to give feedback to each UN ambassador from the major donor nations that contribute $1.2 billion each year to UNRWA.

A participant wears a Trump "Make America Great Again" yarmulke as they attend a White House Hanukka
The double standards and hypocrisy aimed at American Jews

With new people, the question would inevitably arise: "How can you help us here? The situation on American campuses is frightening, and is only getting worse."

Rendering of the Jewish National Fund-USA Israel Education & Technology Campus
Writing the next chapter in the holy book of the Jewish people

At Jewish National Fund-USA, I have always said that the people we work with in Israel are not in the hallways of the Knesset, they are on the ground, in the towns and cities of Israel.

Washington Watch: Why do some cheer Trump’s Jewish tropes?

Yair Rosenberg wrote in The Washington Post that “Trump believes all the antisemitic stereotypes about Jews but sees those traits as admirable.”

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a campaign rally at the Giant Center in Hershey,
No Hold Barred: Even when Trump glorifies Israel he’s called an antisemite

Dean Obeidallah writing for CNN claimed that Trump employed the antisemitic trope of “Jewish dual-loyalties” when he said that some Jews “don’t love Israel enough.”

Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu at swearing in of 21st Knesset
Time for term limits

This past year has been a political failure – a dismal one.

Encountering Peace: Taking over the land

Most Israelis today probably believe that Israel holds sovereignty at least over area C in the West Bank.

Just say no to a mutual defense treaty with the US

Israel and the US are the best friends. This imposes special responsibilities on both.

By YITZHAK HEIMOWITZ
11/12/2019
NETANYAHU
Immunity bill would save country millions

Israel’s second president, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, had been elected to his third term at the time of his death.

Netanyahu’s social media campaign has revived Israel’s image in Iran

On the Palestinian issue, most responses vary from “none of my business” to “Israel is in the right.”

By SHAY KHATIRI
11/12/2019
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Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy over time

One important change to note is the significant shift from Gandhi’s policy of adopting the Palestinian narrative to current Prime Minister Narendra Damoda Damodardas Modi’s smashing this approach.

By LAUREN DAGAN AMOSS
11/12/2019
Is the peace treaty with Jordan in jeopardy?

Netanyahu explained this decision as a security measure that would create a stronger defense on the eastern border.

By AMIN FARHAD
11/12/2019
MEDOFF WRITES that FDR refused to bomb railways leading to Auschwitz (Pictured: Railways to Auschwit
Book review: America’s abandonment of Jews during the Holocaust

When America entered the war in 1941, ships that took soldiers to Europe returned empty after FDR rejected using them to rescue Jews.

By JANET LEVY
11/12/2019
TARANA BURKE, activist and founder of the #MeToo movement (right), introduces actress Rose McGowan t
Alan Dershowitz fights back in 'Guilt by Association'

On December 30, 2015, in a court in Florida, Alan Dershowitz was accused of having had sex on seven occasions with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, an underage girl, at exotic locations.

By GLENN C. ALTSCHULER
13/12/2019
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Dreaming of retirement?

My dad, of beloved memory, a true workaholic, decided that life needed to have more meaning and decided at age 55 to retire.

By DR. BATYA L. LUDMAN
11/12/2019
Poker cards and chips
Poker or the odds

At this point, Jenny must decide whether to play the queen, the percentage play, or play low, which works if East holds the king doubleton.

By MATTHEW GRANOVETTER
11/12/2019
US President Donald Trump speaks at the Israeli-American Council 2019 Summit.
Four things that should concern Israelis from Trump’s speech at the IAC

The significant gap in how American Jews and Israelis perceived the speech requires Israelis to reevaluate Trump’s statements and understand it through the eyes of American Jewry.

By NAAMA KLAR
11/12/2019
MCGILL UNIVERSITY campus in Montreal
Antisemitism on Canadian campuses

I’m not surprised, and neither should you be, by Jew-hatred disguised as anti-Zionism

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn reacts as he speaks about Labour's environmen
No to Labour

In addition to Brexit, there is another issue – just as large, just as important, that also stands before the voters: Jew-hatred. Plain and direct, there is no other way to say it.

Cemetery desecrations

Among endangered minorities in Europe, it is mainly the Jews who are killed twice

Center Field: Needed: A think tank for the Zionist bookshelf

We need a new Zionist think tank – not just to fight delegitimization, but to relegitimize Zionism.

10/12/2019
Letters
December 11, 2019: King David's mistake

Readers of The Jerusalem Post have their say.

Grapevine: Prince Charles’s 3rd visit to Israel

The prince, who has now taken over many of his mother’s duties, was previously in Israel in September 2016 for the funeral of Shimon Peres, and before that in 1995 for the funeral of Yitzhak Rabin.

The Crate:  A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice Deborah Vadas Levison Wildblue Press 2019 $14.48;
Book review: A haunting testimony to survival

Home is a word which evokes a sense of security. It is where families gather for meals and conversations. It’s reading in a cozy chair, looking out on a picturesque landscape.

By LAUREN ADILEV
10/12/2019
The Persian Gamble Joel C. Rosenberg Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 2019 448 pages; $19.56
Book review; A Persian thriller based on a dangerous nuclear alliance

In The Persian Gamble, Joel C. Rosenberg picks up the threads of his riveting best-selling spy thriller The Kremlin Conspiracy, and races ahead with the follow-up.

Signs at a 7 Eleven gas station in Salem, Oregon
Toxic hedonism

By RABBI ABRAHAM J.TWERSKI
10/12/2019
Bar Sagi at 14
The poet whose wings were clipped

“See Me Soar and Spread My Wings…” is a collection of poems about hope and yearning, written by a teenage poet who sadly passed away on February 15, 2017.

Evangelicals, Saudis and cyborgs: A conversation with MbS

MbS is spearheading a massive transformation of Saudi Arabia to move past being an oil-dependent economy, to move toward a moderate Islam and into a peaceful and technologically advanced future.

By JACOB LEONARD ROSENBERG
09/12/2019
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures beneath a poster of the late leader Yasser Arafat
PA foreign service in times of diplomatic freeze

In a strategic shift, Abbas sought to rectify Arafat’s mistakes, turning the Palestinian struggle from an armed campaign into a diplomatic one.

By IDO ZELKOVITZ
09/12/2019
Populism and Israel’s political crisis

There is considerable tension between traditional politics based on a combination of down-to-earth pragmatism and lofty ideals about the greater good.

By YUVAL SHANY
09/12/2019
No Holds Barred: Nancy Pelosi could use a little hate

Terrorists, murderers, rapists and tyrant-dictators like Assad of Syria and Khamenei of Iran absolutely deserve our hatred.

Israeli and Palestinian businessmen tour the Dead Sea to promote cooperation after Bahrain.
Integrated business model win-win for Palestinians and Israelis

Ever since the Oslo Accords of 1993, various attempts at segregating our populations have resulted in limited markets and heavily regulated trade.

By AVI ZIMMERMAN , ASHRAF JABARI
09/12/2019
Haim Bibas, Chairman of the Federation of Local Authorities in Israel.
Mayors can reduce hate crimes

Mayors are the best line of defense for this kind of hate because we are handling the relevant services, whether they are education or enforcement.

09/12/2019
Gas pipeline confirms Azerbaijan's significance

The international community supports and respects in an unequivocal and principled manner the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan.

09/12/2019
The media are helping to normalize antisemitism

When it comes to antisemitism, what “qualifies” as newsworthy is being selectively defined by a fourth estate that is unwilling to detail, much less confront, a virus that has murdered millions.

09/12/2019
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talks with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz
A way forward with Saudi Arabia

Beyond parallel struggles to counter Iran-backed radical Islamic groups that threaten each, Israel and Saudi Arabia also share similar strategic dilemmas and operational threats.

09/12/2019
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks at Esenboga Airport in Ankara, Turkey, October 7, 2019
Turkey’s war on Kurds and the fate of the European project

While European leaders pay lip service to the sacrifices of Kurdish forces, they refuse to stop Erdogan while simultaneously stressing the need for Kurds to continue fighting on the West's behalf.

Time for electoral reform

Israel’s system presupposes that all governments will be coalitions, but no immutable law states that democratic governments must be coalitions.

A giant menorah stands in front of a Christmas tree at the Brandenburg gate to celebrate Hanukkah in
Above the Fold: Winter and the Jews

Living a Jewish life in the Diaspora is always a balancing act, but never with as many intricacies, decisions and sidesteps as during the winter holiday season.

Netanyahu’s social media campaign has revived Israel’s image in Iran

Every time there is an Instagram story about Israel, a vast majority of comments are in praise of Netanyahu and Israel.

By SHAY KHATIRI
09/12/2019
Yair Lapid: If we lose, Israeli democracy is over.
Israel's political crisis and the challenge of populism

Actual policy making in a liberal democracy is based on sophisticated nuances.

By YUVAL SHANY
09/12/2019
Think About It: A third round of elections: who's to blame?

Eventually these questions are bound to come up before the High Court of Justice, which will hopefully unravel the Gordian knot.

Vehicles drive along a road in the Jordan Valley
Sovereignty over Jordan Valley crucial to ensure Israel’s survival

The biggest misconception is the assumption that the Israeli-Arab conflict is all about a land dispute regarding Judea and Samaria and once we fix this, a long-lasting eternal peace will emerge.

By AMIR AVIVI
08/12/2019
US President Donald Trump speaks at the Israeli-American Council 2019 Summit.
Trump's rhetoric

Trump’s remarks smacked of classic stereotypes of Jews.

Reality Check: Gantz, Don’t give in

The sad truth is that Netanyahu is not a man to be trusted

10/12/2019
Letters
December 9, 2019: 20th century creation

Readers of The Jerusalem Post have their say.

Investments: Thinking about purchasing real estate abroad?

When investing in real estate, the goal is to put money to work today and allow it to increase so that you have more money in the future. The profit must be enough to cover the risks you take.

By DAPHNA FISHER
08/12/2019
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the crowd of people in Yazd, Iran
Keep up the pressure

What else happened in Iran-related news last week?

If we don’t stand with the Kurds, who should stand with us?

When US President Donald Trump withdrew peacekeeping troops from Northern Syria last month, he executed the latest in a string of historic betrayals by the West towards the Kurdish people.

By LANCE MORRIS
07/12/2019
‘WHAT SEPARATES American Jews and Israel is, well, everything... [yet] we ought to celebrate those d
How Israel should prepare for the numerous challenges on its horizon

From BDS to a re-election that Donald Trump does not win, consider the following scenarios ...

By ASHER FREDMAN
08/12/2019
Dora’s dangerous journey: A Polish Jew in France

“There are bad people and good people,” she remembers. “I was saved in France by good people.”

07/12/2019
Sunset
Impact philanthropy means measurable results

Today we are operating in a very different philanthropic climate.

By YARIV SULTAN
08/12/2019
Trump’s consigliere

As much damage as Trump is doing to the nation today, his most lasting harm will be the generation of judges who will still have their jobs long after we’ve tried to forget him.

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Self-righteous environmentalism doesn’t work

Imposing a 1% surcharge on tickets to be dedicated to reforestation would be more intelligent.

07/12/2019
Black Friday
Friday for future or for shopping?

“Black Friday” is a shopping spree, encouraging people to flock to malls and the Internet, to shop.

Is Amazon killing the Israeli economy?

Then again, what’s bad about free shipping and no tax? It’s not like its driving Israel into the sea amid a bloodbath that the Arabs have threatened since the 1940s.

By JONATHAN FELDSTEIN
07/12/2019
Losing hearts, minds and allies the Erdogan way

His style of diplomacy was first put on display in 2017, when his bodyguards beat up peaceful protesters in Washington, DC.

By SIRWAN KAKARASH
05/12/2019
Fallen IDF soldiers
A parallel reality

One possible conclusion is that Israel is plagued by the existence of “parallel realities” – one experienced by the general public, and the other by its elected leadership.

The vocal anti-Israel crowd does not represent the majority

Eroding the bipartisan consensus on Israel runs the risk of turning support of an ally into a partisan exercise.

05/12/2019
Repatriate missing soldiers and civilians

The international community must acknowledge their return is an obligation, not a bargaining chip.

05/12/2019
Why Iran can expect more social unrest

The Islamic Republic of Iran is castigated for ruling poorly. This flies in the face of the evidence.

Shabbat candles
Know Comment: ‘Buycott’ for Shabbat

A consumer campaign is necessary to preserve Shabbat as a national cultural-religious asset.

Two states for two peoples requires recognizing Israel’s legal rights

When US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently announced that Israeli settlements are not per se illegal, it touched off a political firestorm.

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Your Investments: We are human: You make mistakes, just don’t repeat them

It’s strange because you - your life goes so swiftly. You look up one day you’re a teenager, the next day you’re a grandfather.

By AARON KATSMAN
05/12/2019
IAC
The Israeli-American community bridges Israel and US Jewry

It is no accident or coincidence, then, that the theme of this year’s IAC national summit is “Israel. Together.”

By SHOHAM NICOLET
05/12/2019
Stacks of Israeli shekel notes [Illustrative]
Your Taxes: Israel Tax Authority’s view on debt versus equity

The Israel Tax Authority's circular on founders’ shares is important for multinational corporations with Israeli subsidiaries, among others.

By LEON HARRIS
05/12/2019
Battling terrorism, antisemitism and the threat of Corbyn in Britain

Polls commissioned this year by the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) showed that a whopping 87% of British Jews consider Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to be antisemitic.

Grapevine: No stars and stripes for Adam

Believe it or not, there are non-resident American citizens who are prepared to renounce their citizenship.

How the Israel-Iran war might begin

In the back of everyone’s mind there will be a constant and nagging question mark over what happens next. Everyone that is, except for Iran.

06/12/2019
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Right from wrong: Politics and indictments aside

Whether Netanyahu’s political acumen and personal ambition enable him to survive the current storm seems to be questionable at the moment.

05/12/2019
The devil in the numbers: IDF’S miscounting of ultra-Orthodox conscripts

Middle Israel: Neyanyahu's strategic asset is, for most Israelis, a strategic liability

Why Netanyahu isn’t sure if he’ll ask for immunity

Political Affairs: Immunity means he won’t go on trial, which means he won’t be convicted, and that’s the ideal situation for Netanyahu.

A CLASSROOM
Leaning tower of PISA: Growing gaps in Israel's scholastic performance

The tests revealed a growing gap in scholastic performance between Hebrew-speaking and Arabic-speaking pupils in Israel.

Israel is in need of massive education reform

Social Affairs: Israel’s lethal brew is deficient education and demographics.

By DAN BEN-DAVID
05/12/2019
Tom Hanks, left, and Mister Rogers, whom he portrays in a film about the famed TV show host.
In the Jewish heart of Pittsburgh, Mister Rogers was actually our neighbor

Fred Rogers lived in Squirrel Hill, and for 33 years he filmed “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” at the nearby WQED studios.

By DORIT SASSON/JTA
05/12/2019
Needed: Media rehabilitation

The media are generally not fair and for the most part should not be trusted, not in the United States, not in Great Britain and not in Israel.

By YISRAEL MEDAD , ELI POLLAK
04/12/2019
US President Donald Trump holds a breakfast meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (L)
NATO had a stroke in 1962, now it’s in a coma

If there is one NATO tenet that resembles a support column it is “the principle of collective defense."

By ALI DEMIRDAS
04/12/2019
Palestinians edge toward elections

The PA, Hamas, Fatah and a clutch of other Palestinian factions have agreed to hold elections for the legislature and then for president early next year.

PA PRESIDENT Mahmoud Abbas – ‘He makes threats and engages in fiery rhetoric as part of a strategy t
Why Israel will be blamed for the absence of PA elections

There are two dominant parties in Palestinian politics: Fatah and Hamas.

By MAURICE HIRSCH
04/12/2019
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.’
Parenting with data

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

By CAROL UNGAR
06/12/2019
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