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WAS IT a misguided dream?
Joseph in Egypt is an American Jewish dream gone bad

Joseph came to the new country destitute, without a trade, education or family, yet rose to the highest level of influence, power, wealth and fame.

WHO WILL rule this? Palestinians wave flags at traffic on Highway 1 leading to the Dead Sea
The Jordan Valley, unity and sovereignty

Bibi and Gantz recognize the security significance of the Jordan Valley. They did not quarrel on whether Israel should annex the valley but, rather, on who will set the move in motion sooner.

President Reuven Rivlin holding a working meeting with President Armen Sarkissian of Armenia.
Armenia’s antisemitism? The truth is different

Armenia sent its highest-ranking citizen to the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, H.E. Armen Sarkissian, the president of Armenia.

Birkenau concentration camp in Poland in the snow
The haunting spirits of Auschwitz

"When I’m in Poland, I don’t have the energy or mental capacity to engage in these constant deliberations about Poland versus Israel."

FLAGS OF Arab states are seen along the Nile River ahead of a meeting of foreign ministers in Cairo
Rifts in the Middle East have gone global

Where the Muslim Middle East dwarfs the rest of the Muslim world is in the political headlines it generates in Western media sites.

DONALD TRUMP. His administration adopted measures that promoted the principles of the plan
The international community should say no to the Trump plan

The “Deal of the Century” endangers Israel’s future in the Middle East rather than improves it.

The site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau
Battling antisemitism

We can’t let people who hate Jews and Israel set the agenda.

A general view picture shows houses in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, in the West
Trump's peace plan is a realistic vision

The key to actually ending the conflict is having the bravery to live in reality and allow any peace process that is proposed to be based on that truth.

Why the Palestinian leadership should not reject Trump’s peace plan

We are hopeful that many Palestinians will see the advantages of counting to 10 before officially reacting to the proposed peace plan and the vision it contains for both Palestinians and Israelis.

Change ourselves, then we change the world and fight climate change

While some leaders gracefully ignored the scary reality thrown upon us by the UN (backed up by specialists and scientists), millions of people around the world didn’t.

Britain should support Trump's peace plan

Despite the closest of ties between our intelligence services and armed forces today, the Foreign Office has maintained its bias against the Jewish state.

The death of a Palestinian boy shows blood libels are born

He was the tragic victim of likely negligence – local residents said for years they had been calling on the authorities to erect a fence around the pit.

Netanyahu's changing views on democracy

Netanyahu likes to point out that it is the majority that matters, the only thing that counts in a formal democracy, forgetting that it is also measured by its defense of human and civil rights

What Trump, Bibi and Gantz really want from the 'Deal of the Century'

For Trump, the unveiling of the plan is a strategic election ploy to shore up his support among Evangelicals and right-wing Jewish voters.

THE JORDAN VALLEY – calls to annex it are a provocative political act
The security significance of annexing the Jordan Valley

Likewise, the inimitable geographical features of the Jordan Valley provide Israel with defensible borders.

The liberation of Auschwitz is a reminder of our sacred work

The liberation of Auschwitz was not the end. Rather, it was a reminder that our commitment to a strong and vibrant Jewish future is the core of our life’s work

CONNECT WITH them. Students walk outside the Library of Columbia University in New York.
Do Jews play too nice on college campuses?

In September, Columbia University invited Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad of Malaysia to speak as part of its World Leaders Forum.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives aboard Air Force One en route to the Word Economic Forum in Davo
Our miss within the 'Deal of the Century'

Did Trump come with an ideology that seemed at times to be aligned with the Israeli Right? Possibly. But that did not detract from his primary agenda that is an interest for all of Israel.

A man holds a sign outside the home of rabbi Chaim Rottenberg in Monsey, New York, U.S., December 29
From Kishinev to Monsey

Kishinev, more than a century ago, was the capital of Bessarabia in Czarist Russia.

On the 75th anniversary of the liberation, remove the church at Auschwitz

The church is situated in Birkenau, also known as Auschwitz II, the actual “theater of death” where 1.1 million Jews were murdered, constituting 95% of its victims.

Why wasn’t Auschwitz bombed?

In fact, if they visit the museum at Yad Vashem they will find that very question posted in large letters on a wall at the entrance of Gallery Seven.

Rabbis in politics – a disaster for both

Rabbis are not necessarily any better or worse than other politicians.

Ukrainian plane crash: Human error or strategic operation?

The entire event prompts the question of how long the Iranian regime can carry on with suppressing protesters, and how this strategic operation might backfire.

Dov Lipman and Murray Kleiman
Messages from Murray Kleiman

His name was Murray Kleiman, raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where his Zionist father brought him to experience Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s funeral in 1940.

Timna Park.
King Solomon’s Mines found

Based on multi-disciplinary investigations, Erez Ben-Yosef concluded that the copper mines at Timna formed part of an extensive economic/industrial system operated by the Edomites.

Gantz's stammering stance and Netanyahu's mudslinging

Kicking off a political campaign by pointing out the flaws of one’s opponent is par for the course, and nobody knows this better than Benny Gantz.

Israel's reckless politics of annexation

Not only will the annexation of the Jordan Valley potentially lead to cutting off security coordination with the Palestinians, but it could also lead to a total collapse in relations with Jordan.

THE JERUSALEM skyline as viewed from the Mount of Olives
Grapevine January 24, 2020: Italian culture

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Monday, January 27, Italian ambassador Gianluigi Benedetti will come to Jerusalem to participate in an early morning program at Harmony Hall.

A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR holds the hand of his granddaughter during the annual ‘March of the Living’ at
Holocaust remembrance beyond the photo opportunity

For this week’s forum to have any lasting impact the leaders must internalize the message from their brief visits to the Jewish state and all the “Never again!” speeches.

WHAT DID you enjoy reading last year?
Best books of 2019

Here are my recommended 2019 books.

A PALESTINIAN security member look across the border at Egyptian flags from southern Gaza
Dancing to the tune of Hamas: Egypt, Israel and Gaza

Would a long-term truce with Hamas be compatible with the interests of Israel, Egypt and Hamas, ensnared in the web of their common borders?

The erasure of memory at Birkenau

The Birkenau Church is in violation of a 1972 UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Culture and Natural Heritage. Auschwitz is on that heritage list.

AN IDF soldier patrols the border area between Israel and Jordan at Naharayim, as seen from the Isra
Recommendations for restarting Israel-Jordan relations

We present a list of key recommendations the next Israeli government can take to restart the relationship with Jordan.

POPE FRANCIS – a call to unite together in the battle against antisemitism
A message to Pope Francis

Let us unite together in the battle against antisemitism and hate and win the day for our children, grandchildren and future generations.

POLICE TAPE at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh
We’re in this fight together, Jews and Muslims

Antisemitism, Islamophobia and other types of ethnic or religious animosities will never go away.

THE JORDAN VALLEY – calls to annex it are a provocative political act
Do not annex the Jordan Valley

This is a desperate attempt by Netanyahu, a fugitive, to divert the public’s attention away from discussion of his terrible request for immunity from prosecution.

Vocalis Health
Our voice as a window to our health

Vocalis Health offers an ingenious approach that uses an artificial intelligence (AI) platform to tap into the voice as a vocal biomarker for providing the least costly and most efficient healthcare.

The survivors of the Holocaust matter

Today, we can only learn the lessons of that era and make sure that it never happens again. While we commemorate the history, it is important to continue to honor the living.

THEN-PRIME MINISTER Ariel Sharon in 2002 in Tel Aviv sits under a picture of Ze’ev Jabotinsky, a key
Exploring, debunking ‘Hebrew fascism’

Historian Dan Tamir uncovers controversial trends in the pre-state era, but exonerates Jabotinsky.

Why the World Zionist Congress elections matter

The stakes are extremely high and that is why more and more organizations and activists have entered the fray for this year’s election.

The Israeli left is dead. Can Jewish and Arab cooperation save it?

Among the Jewish population in Israel, the traditional ideals and policy priorities of the left are not realistic or particularly pressing.

A powerful message at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum

With presidents, prime ministers, kings, crown princes, parliamentary speakers and more, the event is truly a historic one for Israel, which has never had so many foreign dignitaries visit at once.

Honoring Holocaust victims means fighting antisemitism

The significant gathering of leaders at Yad Vashem this week presents an opportunity to examine what has been accomplished since the 2005 UN resolution in the fight against antisemitism.

You can’t be a feminist and not be a Zionist

In the same way Zionism necessarily demands that Jews become the masters of their own fate. So too, does feminism.

‘WHAT ARE the effects, in Israel, in the US, and the rest of the world, of the perceived opinions of
Unelected ‘leaders’ can’t represent American Jewry

Among the current leaders of prominent American Jewish or Zionist nonprofit organizations, there are 10 who have held the same position for 30 or more years.

Auschwitz 75 years later: Universal lessons

The World Holocaust Forum 2020, Remembering the Holocaust: Fighting Antisemitism, comes at an important moment of remembrance and reminder, of bearing witness and of action

The time the CIA took a terrorist to Disneyland

In 1969, the CIA opened up a back channel with the PLO, which was then considered by the US and others to be a terrorist group.

Senate Republicans are Trump's Kool-Aid soldiers

The biggest joke in Washington is Trump’s defense that his refusal is based on his desire to protect the presidency for all those who will hold the office in the future

Prejudices and ignorance among Israeli settlers in the West Bank

The main, by far, obstacle to Palestinian economic development is the Israeli occupation and its strangling impact on the Palestinians.

Reservists on Duty and Students Supporting Israel hold a protest outside the Students for Justice in
Antisemitism has become a daily part of college life

Modern antisemitism does not always resemble the discrimination faced by our ancestors; on college campuses, it is often masked as criticism of Israel and anti-Zionism.

MEDOFF WRITES that FDR refused to bomb railways leading to Auschwitz (Pictured: Railways to Auschwit
75 years after World War II, Jews deserve freedom from fear, too

Despite being able to defend ourselves and determine our own destiny, we have not yet achieved freedom from fear.

Palestinian Authority fights Jews to ‘defend’ all humanity

The pervasive Palestinian antisemitism is the direct result of the PA’s teachings.

US President Donald Trump meets with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office.
Don't let the 'Deal of the Century' muddle with Israel's political mess

Trump has proven to be a savvy leader who knows that timing can be everything.

On being Jewish and naked in a German sauna

The Holocaust is also on the minds of many Germans. Their unwavering support for Israel is deeply rooted in history.

Grapevine January 22, 2020: Holocaust remembrance in focus

Despite the cold and heavy rain in Jerusalem, all the chairs that had been set out between the bookcases and the display counters were filled.

Garegin Nzhdeh monument, Yerevan
At Auschwitz liberation tribute, Israel should study tale of two monuments

The Germans continue to acknowledge, confront and apologize for their dark past. In contrast, Lithuanians, Armenians, Poles and others are rewriting and distorting their roles in this tragic history.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in th
Turkey's elite unsure whether Soleimani was hero or war criminal

Underscoring the absence of any clear position, Erdogan’s spokesperson called on all sides to act with “common sense,” and the Turkish Foreign Ministry invited “restraint and discretion.”

Ethics and justice in killing Soleimani

Justice requires a trial in a court and a sentence. Ethics is right versus wrong behavior.

Ethiopian Israelis celebrate the holiday of Sigd in Jerusalem on November 27
Ethiopian Jewish brethren

As far back as the early 1970s, then-Sephardi Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef had ruled that members of the ancient Beta Israel community were indeed Jewish

Who recalls the four heroic Auschwitz escapees?

The four not only planned their escapes together, they eventually linked up in Czechoslovakia. There they wrote a first-hand, detailed, eyewitness report of the mass murder underway inside the camp.

Poland's President Andrzej Duda delivers a speech before the official start of a march marking the 1
Is Israel snubbing Poland to placate Putin?

Since canceling the Visegrád summit in Israel, ties between the two natural allies do not seem to have improved

plane crash at the Boryspil… REUTERS 19/01/2020 12:16 IRAN-NUCLEAR/IAEA FILE PHOTO: An Iranian flag
Who wants a regime change in Iran, and how far will they go for it?

Between the Iranian population and the US administration, opposition has only gotten louder.

10 trends in Israel’s regional foreign policies, July-December 2019

The Mitvim Institute maps key trends in Israel’s regional foreign policies, based on monthly reports that monitor ongoing developments

The Lounge January 21, 2020: Chelsea commemorates Holocaust Remembrance

The club commissioned a huge painting by British-Israeli street artist Solomon Souza, commemorating three prominent footballers who were sent to extermination camps

A participant wears a Trump "Make America Great Again" yarmulke as they attend a White House Hanukka
Reality Check: The Holocaust conference’s missing guest

Since Trump became president, there has been a startling increase in attacks on American Jews.

Bad vibes in the US House of Representatives

When Warren, a left-winger herself, in the wake of the killing of Qasem Soleimani rightly called him a great mass murderer she was immediately raked over the coals.

Everyone must serve

For solidarity, there needs to be a sense that everyone shares in carrying the burden.

January 19, 2020: Double-crossing the Finnish line

Readers of the Jerusalem Post have their say.

Think About It: Blue and White has an election platform

Israel is the parliamentary democracy in which there is the highest rate of private legislation – around 50%.

Overhead view of Beersheba
Don’t label us a periphery

The time has come for a genuine national plan that will offer those living in “the periphery” something more than just shortening the time they are stuck in traffic.

THE EXTERIOR of the synagogue in Trikala was recently daubed with antisemitic graffiti.
Greece experiences antisemitism ahead of Greek Holocaust Remembrance Day

Greece will commemorate again this year the Memorial Day to the Greek Jewish Martyrs and Heroes of the Holocaust on January 27.

‘Black January’ became the starting point of Azerbaijan’s independence

Despite bloody events in Baku, the day of January 20, 1990, became a page of heroism in the history of the struggle for the independence and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.

An empty classroom
Is it really the best school or is it just a good filter?

Where will you send your child to school next year?

SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN speaks as former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders listen at Dr
The radicalization of the Democratic Party

If Israel and its supporters are to begin challenging negative attitudes toward the country on the Left, they must begin to speak the language of the Left.

1944 EDITORIAL CARTOON by Eric Godal reflects that numerous attacks in New York City were antisemiti
Making excuses for antisemitism, then and now

Sadly, some things never seem to change – including the excuses that some people make for antisemitic thugs.

YOUNG SURVIVORS of Auschwitz – how do you explain the inhumanity of the Nazis and their collaborator
Remembering the horrors of Auschwitz 75 years after the liberation

More than fifty world leaders will arrive in Israel’s capital to commemorate 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz.

Keep up the fight

It is one thing to adopt a definition of antisemitism. It is another thing to start enforcing that definition and hinging state funding for organizations on their decisions to adopt it or not.

antisemitic poster
The narrative of intersectionality fails Jews

Identifying Jews as white in the context of American history is not only a perversion of the Jewish past but a denial of its peoplehood.

Reflecting on Raoul Wallenberg’s fate 75 years after his disappearance

On January 17, 1945 – 75 years ago – Raoul Wallenberg was arrested by the Soviet military intelligence apparatus, never to be seen again.

Stepping back from the brink

President Donald Trump’s order to kill Qassem Soleimani is one of the most reckless acts taken by a president.

SEPHARDI CHIEF Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef
Know Comment: What’s Yitzhak Yosef’s strategy?

One must wonder what Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef was thinking when last week he launched into a tirade against non-Jewish Russian immigrants to Israel.

Iran’s strategic mistake: Too many enemies

When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hitler was delighted. Japan, as an ally, he reasoned, was going to attack the Soviet Union from the East.

PRINCE HARRY And Meghan Markle ride a horse-drawn carriage after their wedding ceremony at St. Georg
On rulers and royal flushes of embarrassment

My Word: This being 2020, when even discussion of the weather is political, the decision by Harry and Meghan (we’re all on first-name terms now) quickly became split along Left-Right lines.

Neda Soltan
Right from wrong - Neda Soltan’s message from the grave

Neda was among the millions of Iranians of all walks of life who had taken to the streets of Iran to protest the regime representative’s false claims of victory.

Leave Iran to the Americans

The removal of Iranian IRGC Maj.-Gen. Qasem Soleimani in an efficient, limited action by the US on January 3, was a praiseworthy move.

How Naftali Bennett played his cards right

IF YOU needed an example of how the political wheel works, all you had to do was watch the dramatic last-minute developments at the Knesset on Wednesday night.

Religious Zionists do not feel their faith needs any political help

‘Does it sound logical?” wondered Defense Minister Naftali Bennett. “Imagine an American congressman hanging in his living room the picture of a man who murdered tens of Jews in a synagogue.

Iran’s role after Soleimani

Why is Nasrallah suddenly meddling in Iraqi politics.

Encountering Peace: Maybe next time

It is not only Arab voters who are deeply disappointed with the construct of the merged list. Israel needs a new vision and pragmatic camp of leaders.

Labor Party’s swan song

Labor and Meretz are at a political crossroads.

FILE PHOTO: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pray n
Squeezing Iran

Much debate has been conducted over whether the world is safer now, and many liberal Americans have been shuddering in their shoes over the likelihood of Iranian retaliation.

Watching television (Illustrative)
MEDIA COMMENT: Self-interest

In defense, the KAN people claimed that Seeing the World is no longer needed.

Washington Watch: The imminent threat behind the Soleimani killing

As administration rationales seemed to shift hourly, Trump dropped “imminent” (which he misspelled “eminent”) and insisted “it doesn’t really matter because of his horrible past.”

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