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.

High Court of Justice prepares for hearing on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can form the
The High Court's collective punishment of Israeli Jews – opinion

It is not just the High Court. The attorney-general and his legal minions also have fallen into the habit of overriding value judgments passed into law by the democratically elected representatives.

What if it was called disengagement and not annexation? – opinion

What would happen if Netanyahu had introduced his plan as a unilateral disengagement rather than applying sovereignty/annexation?

13/08/2020
Jews and Qatar are partners in peace, not enemies – opinion

Israel’s positive and extraordinary important role in helping stabilize the Gulf crisis is well-understood in Doha.

By SIGURD NEUBAUER
13/08/2020
Belgium's choice: Join Israel in promoting tolerance or fund anti-Zionism

Belgium has a choice. It can join Israel in being a light unto the nations and help promote tolerance or it can stand on the wrong side of history by funding groups out to silence the Jewish state.

Why do Israeli services treat the public as the enemy? – opinion

If Israel’s national leaders could find a front-of-house way to practice niceness to people we would all feel better.

Are unilateral withdrawals in Israel’s interests? – opinion

Strategically, unilateral withdrawals, with few exceptions and even with the best of intentions, have been disastrous.

13/08/2020
My Word: Eyes opened from Acre to Gaza

Before the Corona Era (BCE), some 1 million visitors a year came to Acre enjoy the wonderful combination of ancient history, Turkish bazaars and beaches.

Grapevine August 14, 2020: Aussies in the Arava

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

Seth Rogen shows the generational divide in North American Jewry – opinion

When a family is in crisis, the situation needs to be resolved as a family: through talking about it, arguing points and reinstating trust among ourselves.

By ALIZA LAVIE
13/08/2020
Biden and Harris are the Trojan Horse of the radical Democrats – opinion

With less than three months until the election, they must work to counteract the fiction that a Biden-Harris bid is a good, sane option for America and, by extension, for Israel.

13/08/2020
Lebanon's Druze leader Walid Jumblatt pays his respects at the grave of former PM Rafik al-Hariri.
Who killed Rafik Hariri?

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (the STL) was voted into existence by the UN Security Council in 2007 and formally established in 2009.

Israeli newspapers
A final media comment, but media scrutiny is more important than ever

The last 20 years have seen an awakening of public sensitivity to media issues in Israel and abroad.

By YISRAEL MEDAD , ELI POLLAK
12/08/2020
The two state solution is fading. It would take a miracle to revive it

With all parties unwilling, no negotiations will take place in the foreseeable future.

Israel must do better when it comes to invisible disability

Generally speaking, most Israelis don’t know much about disabilities, especially “invisible” disabilities.

By CHAIM PERKAL
12/08/2020
Sbarro pizzeria after Palestinian terrorists detonated a bomb
Why is Ahlam Tamimi still free, 19 years after the Sbarro bombing?

The US has demanded her extradition from Jordan, Yet Jordan’s King Abdullah II refuses to accede to that demand.

By FRIMET ROTH
12/08/2020
A group of MASA participants hike in the Negev near Machtesh Ramon on April 21 2013
Israel is making a mistake in barring diaspora educators due to COVID

Every year, more than 80,000 young Jews arrive within the framework of educational tourism on programs intended to strengthen their relationship with the State of Israel.

By AMOS HERMON
12/08/2020
French President Emmanuel Macron at the scene of the explosion at Beirut Port, August 2020
France’s strategy for the Middle East lacks direction and clarity

France has led the fight against the EU taking action against Hezbollah, even though Hezbollah was caught stockpiling ammonium nitrate in Europe.

By JUDAH WAXELBAUM
12/08/2020
Israel's response to the Beirut blast shines a light to the nations

For Israel’s citizens and its supporters and allies abroad, the aftermath of the recent tragedy served as a reminder that the Jewish state continues to hold itself to a higher standard.

By EVAN NIERMAN
12/08/2020
US Senator Kamala Harris in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 14, 2019
The Democrats are sending mixed messages to Jerusalem

On the same day that Joe Biden picked Kamala Harris as his running mate, Ilhan Omar handily won her primary battle.

How Israel's youth managed life under the coronavirus

Numerous young Israelis succeeded in overcoming the fear and the uncertainties that came with the coronavirus,

By YITZHAK ELDAN , KATYA KANTOR
11/08/2020
Bibi needs to say something about convicted Jewish terrorist Yona Avrushmi

In the interview, Avrushmi was confronted with a quote from his police interrogation. He then said the protesters were “like germs… that should be exterminated.”

Lebanon: The tragic story of the Arab world

Lebanon must be considered a failed state, going back to the 1989 Taif agreement to end the civil war.

Bibi, you’re guilty of destroying your own historical reputation

After eliminating other suspects, we can identify the person most responsible for destroying your reputation.

11/08/2020
Environmental apartheid in the shadow of annexation

In an area like the West Bank where political boundaries are hazy, the issue of profits and tax payment should be examined in the context of environmental and social justice.

By CARMIT LUBANOV , MOSSI RAZ
10/08/2020
The reason for Disengagement: Sharon wished to avoid jail

The answer is that it had nothing to do with peace or war.

By YITZHAK HEIMOWITZ
10/08/2020
Unity begins at home with the establishment of a right-wing government

Netanyahu rightfully calls upon authorities to respect the will of the people who voted for him. Those voters were also assured Bennett’s party would part of the government.

By OPHIR FALK
10/08/2020
Coronavirus lockdown is denying people the chance to mourn properly

The Jewish mechanisms which allow people to emerge whole from soul-destroying grief are absent to nearly all who have lost a loved one during the pandemic.

RABBI ADIN STEINSALTZ, who died on Friday – self-effacing charm, a quick wit and love.
Meeting Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, an uncategorizable mind

We left Steinsaltz’s office not knowing precisely what category to place him in. It is not common to meet someone who truly defies description.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny
Pass the budget

Both PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Alternate PM Benny Gantz have now indicated they may back legislation to postpone the budget deadline, thereby avoiding another round of costly elections.

The National Library of Israel: Victim of COVID-19, elections, budget war

The People of the Book cannot afford to lose their national library.

Dimona mayor to 'Post': KKL-JNF will bring hi-tech to the South – opinion

Atar and KKL-JNF call this shift “Israeli Relocation.” I call it “Contemporary Zionism.”

By BENNY BITON
09/08/2020
Netanyahu vs. Gantz: A budget battle that has nothing to do with economics

If elections are the price Israel has to pay for providing Netanyahu with a chance of escaping justice, then he will make us pay it.

09/08/2020
Bari Weiss, Rose Ritch resign after harassed over their Jewish identities

In an environment where monuments are being torn down, antisemitic rhetoric can no longer be given a “pass.”

By LISA ANSELL
10/08/2020
Letters
Letters to the Editor August 10, 2020: Beirut blowout

Readers of The Jerusalem Post have their say.

The struggles and hopes of recovery for Eilat's tourism amid coronavirus

Heading for a Safe Haven

By DUDU LEVY REICH
09/08/2020
A Lebanese Hezbollah guerrilla looks at a fire rising from a burning object in a Beirut suburb, Leba
It's time to listen to the Lebanese people about Hezbollah – comment

If Europe doesn't act now to save Lebanon from Hezbollah and Iran, there may never be another chance.

By RON PROSOR
09/08/2020
Israel must respond to Hezbollah’s bids to change status quo -opinion

Strategically, Israel has shown hesitation and weakness.

By OMER DOSTRI
10/08/2020
Greece: Culture vs virus

I was certain that the Greek eco-centered tradition will effectively guide the public through the looming adversities to care for themselves and for each other.

By ANGELOS KOLOKOURIS
08/08/2020
DONALD TRUMP has said on many occasions that he will be president for life.
Is Donald Trump a dictator?

There is a growing chorus of concerned citizens proclaiming that Trump is seizing dictatorial control over our nation.

By WILLIAM COOPER
08/08/2020
Explore only Jewish military cemetery in world outside of Israel

An iron fence with rifles as posts and crossed swords and sabers as railings surround an area of five rows that each hold six fallen Jewish Confederate soldiers.

By RON RUBIN
09/08/2020
Azerbaijan’s Jewish connection: Committed to centuries old kinship

Jewish communities in Azerbaijan are among the numerous ethnic groups that coexisted with the general population and continue to do so to this day.

By GUIVAMI RAHIMLI
08/08/2020
The 30th anniversary of the outbreak of the Gulf War: A Cuban perspective

At the end of July, we were on a family vacation in Havana. We had flown from Mexico with a boisterous group of young Danish Communists on their way to cut sugar cane in the Marxist paradise.

Hagia Sophia and Jordan’s crimes against international law

Despite all the lies parroted by the modern world, the Muslim conquerors knew well that Jerusalem was not their home.

By RAFAEL KORENZECHER
09/08/2020
Jabotinsky in the mirror of reality

After decades of his teachings being pushed to the margins of public discourse, today Jabotinsky finally receives a proper place in history.

High Court of Justice prepares for hearing on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can form the
Women are allowed to receive rabbinic accreditation, High Court rules

Mainstream Orthodox Judaism does not yet recognize women as rabbis, there is no reason that women cannot take the tests that are otherwise given to men studying to become rabbis.

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
Three encounters with Rabbi Steinsaltz, a great man

Because of his works, we all have the ability to realize the passion for knowledge and wonder that sprouts from every page of the Talmud.

By RABBI MISHAEL ZION
07/08/2020
Brit Shalom and Peter Beinart - analyzing Jewish-Palestinian land solution

Arguments for a binational “solution” are a century old – and they collapsed under the weight of Jewish blood and Arab intransigence.

06/08/2020
The Beirut Port after Tuesday’s explosion that killed at least 157 and wounded more than 5,000
With Hezbollah in charge, the destruction of Beirut was matter of time

What did Lebanon expect? What did the citizens of a country sadly known for years of civil war and internal strife think would happen, after they let their country be taken hostage by terrorists?

06/08/2020
El Al Israel Airlines planes are seen on the tarmac at Ben Gurion International airport in Lod
Gamzu intends to open Israel's skies, but so much more needs to be done

The skies need to open, but, for the open skies plan to work, so much more needs to be done.

Retired? Avoid these money miscues

If retirement means laying on a beach and rubbing cocoa butter on your stomach, about 48 hours of that will be enough for most people. You’ll want something new. - Tim Ferriss

By AARON KATSMAN
06/08/2020
Pregnant woman (Illustrative)
Hillel's Tech Corner: Pregnancy care done right

Nuvo, a Tel-Aviv based start-up, has developed an innovative monitoring platform that women can administer at home as prescribed by their doctor.

06/08/2020
Here is the list of government's latest financial aid in Israel

An economic update amid the coronavirus crisis in Israel.

By LEON HARRIS
06/08/2020
Israeli police officers scuffle with demonstrators during a protest against Israeli prime minister B
Amid protests, Israel needs a full-time police commissioner

The Israel Police needs to have a properly appointed full-time police commissioner who will safeguard the public’s freedom to demonstrate.

What Netanyahu failed to learn from the Arab Spring

The history of the Arab Spring revolutions suggests that the recipe for regime change includes four essential ingredients.

By ELIE PODEH , ONN WINCKLER
06/08/2020
Who will replace Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister?

If the answer to this question had been self-evident, perhaps the political turmoil we’ve been experiencing over the last two years could have been avoided.

06/08/2020
What are Saudi Arabia’s nuclear intentions?

Perhaps, now, Saudi Arabia is set on a path intended to lead to the development of its own nuclear weapons program

 President Donald Trump, near an Israeli flag at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem
What does pro-Israel mean in the age of Trump?

What should define pro-Israel in 2020 across the political spectrum? Here are a few suggestions.

'October surprise' - Trump's last chance to get reelected legitimately

“October Surprise” is the American political term for a fake crisis – usually involving foreigners – that is “discovered” by a president trailing badly in the polls before elections.

By GWYNNE DYER
07/08/2020
The new kind of bigotry growing among progressives - opinion

“A climate of punishment, heretic hunting, recurrent feature of left-wing politics has set in, enforced in some places, through workplace discipline, including firings.”

‘Aren’t you dead yet?’ - Reflections on being a feather duster

My congregant’s question starkly reminds me that I’m no longer so young. The Bible spells it out in Psalm 37:25, “I was young, now I am old.”

haifa ammonia tank
Grapevine August 7, 2020: A farewell gift

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

RABBI SHLOMO KATZ: It’s just time to come home.
Aliyah: A 30-year retrospective

The privilege of participating in the grand drama of Jewish national renewal and redemption.

Smoke rises after an explosion was heard in Beirut, Lebanon August 4, 2020
Offering to help Lebanon doesn’t mean hailing its flag

It is one thing for Jerusalem to offer assistance, but it quite another that Tel Aviv cover its municipal building with the flag of that enemy country as a symbol of solidarity.

06/08/2020
CARRYING AN effigy of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, labeling him a ‘ganav’ (thief), at the demo
An open letter to our Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Does the fact that I don’t support the Likud, that I loved Yitzhak Rabin and admire David Ben-Gurion, turn me into a traitor?

TAKING UP torches in protest, outside the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem on August 1.
Coronavirus pandemic: Whither hope – or has hope withered?

Challenging times necessitate a reality check and far-reaching change.

Letters
August 6, 2020: Please, Mr. Postman

Readers of the Jerusalem Post Magazine have their say.

The law courts in Tel Aviv
Coronavirus has upended family law in Israel

There are more laws regulating family relationships than almost any other sphere of law.

By HAIM KATZ , ALUMA KATZ-BAR
05/08/2020
Employees of KANDO, a wastewater management technology firm, demonstrate a project of sewer surveill
Could corona evolve into a strategic threat?

A systemic crisis represents a strategic threat to a country because of the devastating effects it could produce. Thus, understanding its causes is of great importance.

By BAROUCH GILLES
05/08/2020
US PRESIDENT TRUMP is not one to hold back on Twitter.
Trump needs to get off Twitter and get down to business

Despite the lag in the polls, despite the difficult situation in the US, all the cards are in the hands of the president.

By YOSSI TATIKA
05/08/2020
DONALD TRUMP has said on many occasions that he will be president for life.
Trump is determined to delegitimize the Presidential election

In trying to delegitimize the election Trump has raised legitimate worries about how he might use the military to reject the outcome of November’s election.

Trump is a wannabe dictator. What if he won't go? - opinion

Trump has dictatorial tendencies and occasionally acts on them.

Operation Protective Edge
The two-state solution is dead. It's time to look for a new plan

Despite the arguments of the die-hard advocates of the two-state solution from both sides, I cannot perceive how it is still possible.

PALESTINIANS CLASH with soldiers during a protest against Israel’s plan to annex parts of the West B
Annexation is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. COVID-19 mustn't derail it

While understandably the coronavirus now dominates everyday life, we must continue to face our ongoing domestic and global security issues.

05/08/2020
A general view shows the damage at the site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August
The real tragedy for Lebanon is Hezbollah's continuing stranglehold

Hezbollah would rather the Lebanese people suffer, than let them partake of assistance offered by the Jewish state.

Social closeness is the spiritual essence of Tu Be’av and the reason that it should be among the hap
On Tu Be’av: The Festival of Love

The joy associated with Tu Be’av stems from the empowerment of equality as a value.

By RONEN NEUWIRTH
04/08/2020
A NEW bride and groom visit a blossoming almond grove in Latrun on their wedding day in 2019.
If one can't have a good marriage, at least have a good divorce

Get-refusal is nothing less than a disgrace. Although it is not forbidden by Jewish law, we have a moral and religious obligation to prevent it.

04/08/2020
Gantz’s Herzlian challenge: Appoint a Green Zionist to run KKL-JNF

A consensus is forming that Prof. Alon Tal is the right person for this difficult KKL-JNF job at this critical moment.

04/08/2020
Prof. Roni Gamzu speaks during a special briefing to the media held at the Knesset, on June 26, 2013
Israel must remain open to all Diaspora Jews, not just students

Israel should not turn away Jews under any circumstances, and that includes the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beinart ignores inconvenient truth on the reality in Israel – opinion

Most Israelis and Palestinians haven't given up on a two-state solution.

By NOGA TARNOPOLSKY/JTA
04/08/2020
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump walks past a map of reported coronavirus cases following a news briefing a
Donald Trump doesn't care about American lives. He must go

He enables hate, he emboldens violence, and ultimately, he practices a depraved indifference to human life.

By HEATHER STONE
03/08/2020
WOMEN WEAR face masks while shopping at a bazaar in Tehran, July 2020
It is time for peace with the Iranians - opinion

It is time to awaken the hope among the Iranians to make a real change.

By DAVID SHAYAN
04/08/2020
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attend the Libya summit in Berli
Russia moves to secure its investment in Libya

Mercenaries with ties to Kremlin seize oil fields, complicating a wide variety of conflicts.

By JUDAH WAXELBAUM
03/08/2020
NAACP PHILADELPHIA Chapter president Rodney Muhammad
Those responsible for modern antisemitism must also be held accountable

One of the most outrageous incidents emerged last week in America’s City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia.

Education, not censorship, must be used to tackle online antisemitism

All social media platforms should be adopting the IHRA definition of antisemitism and using it as an educational tool rather than for censorship.

A LIVESTREAM SERVICE from inside Temple Shir Shalom in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, March 202
Is COVID-19 the death of the synagogue?

The synagogue model is teetering and will, almost certainly, collapse.

Raoul Wallenberg
Celebrating the 108th birthday of Raoul Wallenberg: An unlikely hero

This young Swede demonstrated how one compassionate person can make a significant difference.

By BARUCH TENEMBAUM
03/08/2020
(From right to left) Congressman Gregory Meeks; Governor Andrew Cuomo, UJA CEO Eric Goldstein; Senat
Global chaos is breeding antisemitism. Global leaders must end it

These extraordinary last few months are a fascinating and worrying laboratory for understanding what happens when antisemitism is allowed to flourish.

By SIMA VAKNIN-GILL
04/08/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu consults on coronavirus with world leaders on July 29, 2020
No, Mr. Netanyahu, the Israeli media is not like North Korea's

Why does Benjamin Netanyahu think so ill of the media here?

Virus sadness, anti-virus comfort

The weight of the worldwide death toll and weeks of segregation are taking their toll.

Let them in

For the first time since the start of the “second wave,” the infection rate has fallen below threshold 1 – each contagious person is currently infecting less than one other person, it was disclosed Sunday.

COVID-19 crisis makes ‘routine’ experience of minorities unbearable

Minority communities are in constant pursuit of equal opportunity, particularly in education, employment and welfare.

03/08/2020
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