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.

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 Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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

08/12/2019
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
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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
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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
THE CHIEF RABBI of Prague prays inside the High Synagogue in the Czech Republic in 2017. The book pr
Prayer for people who don’t usually pray

Book review: A new guide to prayer

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
06/12/2019
‘NUMBERED FOREARMS were everywhere and everyone knew what that meant, including the children.’
Numbered forearms were everywhere, and everyone knew what that meant

Toronto, like many post-war Jewish communities, was welcoming to the refugees – and not.

HANUKKAH IMAGES illuminate Jerusalem’s Old City walls.
On Hanukkah, let's make miracles

RUNNING UPHILL: Hanukkah is only eight days a year, but each candle can ignite a full year’s worth of change. Here are the eight miracles – four global and four personal

Happy Grandparents’ Day

When I was young, few of us in Israel had full sets of grandparents’

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Cancer talk: ‘You’re not sick enough’

“You’re not sick enough to write about your health,” my friend intoned. “No one will take you seriously unless you’re close to death.”

05/12/2019
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The nefarious Irish bill

Even if one subscribes to the prevailing international perspective that Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria is a form of occupation, what is one to make of the Irish parliament?

Refuting US Rep. Levin’s letter against settlements

Israelis have wavered over the years regarding the territories’ legal status. But most avoided Hansell’s sloppiest distortion – which Levin echoed blindly.

03/12/2019
Chabad annual meeting of emissaries  in New York
No Holds Barred: Chabad must vocally stand with Israel

Some European consumers, Europe’s top judges ruled, might be too ethically refined to buy products made by Jews.

MCGILL UNIVERSITY campus in Montreal
Campus craziness

The latest atrocity emerges from McGill University in Montreal.

Preparing for the election of a US Democratic president

Israel cannot and should not interfere directly in the US elections. Yet it would be a great mistake to sit quietly.

Lithuania continues Soviet-style censorship 30 years post-independence

Holocaust distortion is so prevalent in Lithuania, which has initiated and led many of the initiatives in Eastern Europe to rewrite the narrative of World War II and the Holocaust.

People stop their cars in a highway to show their protest for increased gas price in Tehran, Iran No
Leadership lacking in Iran

The mullahs are worthless. They live in the Middle Ages. They murder, rape, terrorize, torture and eliminate anyone who stands in their way.

By EFRAN Q. FARD
02/12/2019
Fuel hike protests in Iran and the Kurds

The Kurds in Iran face intersectional oppression in that they are systematically disadvantaged and targeted by the Islamic regime’s security apparatus.

By HALMAT PALANI
02/12/2019
Sour grapes: A wider context to Saudi refinery attack aftermath

The complex nature of the oil market and geopolitical context was not fully understood by countries outside the Iran-Saudi Arabia or US-China relations realm.

By NICKI KONS
02/12/2019
The Jerusalem Film Festival
The beauty and diversity of Jewish culture

I would like to look at the phenomenon itself and ascertain what it can contribute to this ancient/modern city, Jerusalem, the center of the Jewish halachic world.

By GABRIELLA LEV
02/12/2019
Recent strides made in Azerbaijani-Israeli relations

It is a historical fact that no country in the Eurasian region has a closer strategic relationship with Israel than Azerbaijan.

By IBRAHIM MAMMADOV
02/12/2019
American and Israeli leaders must elevate political discourse

Today, both countries are also grappling with extreme uncertainty. America and Israel are in uncharted territory owing to enormous and widening domestic, political and social divides.

By EVAN NIERMAN
01/12/2019
A wake-up call for NATO

In a wake-up call to Europe, Macron warned that if Europe did not begin to think strategically and not just commercially, there was a considerable risk that it would disappear geopolitically.

MORE BUTTER?
The Great Butter Shortage

The Agriculture Ministry said it had foreseen the shortage of local butter, and recommended that the Finance Ministry allow the import of butter without extra tariffs.

The Knesset legitimation function – a temporary breakdown?

The Knesset is by no means a malfunctioning parliament, but that its legitimation function is of the highest importance.

Letters
December 2. 2019: Unravel UNRWA

Readers of The Jerusalem Post have their say.

WeWork followed a classic path – then it imploded

Like many successful entrepreneurs, WeWork founder Adam Neumann failed a few times, identified a real need, built an innovative product and succeeded in creating a real business.

By ELLIOT COHEN , OMER MATITYA
01/12/2019
Thankfulness is a basic human virtue

Today’s schools focus on teaching the whole child: heart, soul and mind. There is even a focus on spirituality in our schools. God has finally made it into the curriculum!

By KENNETH BRANDER
01/12/2019
Why was a monument erected for a Jew in Azerbaijan?

Bilateral relations at the political level are developing today. However, if an Azerbaijani Embassy in Israel had been opened, relations would have developed in a completely different way.

By SEYMUR MAMMADOV
30/11/2019
Israeli politics and the infield fly rule

Locally, of course, such idiomatic use is less common than where English is the mother tongue and baseball is the great pastime.

By BARRY NEWMAN
30/11/2019
Forensic officers work at the scene of a stabbing on London Bridge, in which two people were killed.
How imminent is the terrorist threat to Jews in India?

Suicide bombers are undeniably lethal, but their lethality depends on the successful discharge of an explosive, what’s inside the explosive device, and how many people are caught within the range of the blast.

By J.M. PHELPS
30/11/2019
Staying on mission

As the old joke goes, while some organizations are looking for a mission, Chabad is a mission looking for an organization.

By DAVID ELIEZRIE
30/11/2019
NYU: Isolating and silencing pro-Israel students and speakers - opinion

Academic departments at public and private universities alike have a moral responsibility to host speakers with diverse viewpoints in order to expose students to a breadth of opinions.

By BEN NEWHOUSE
01/12/2019
Anti-Ottoman TV show just another chink in Erdogan’s armor

But that wasn’t how the neo-Ottomans believed it. For them, Arabs – the most precious of all Muslims – were admired and cherished.

By PINAR TREMBLAY
30/11/2019
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the right-wing bloc faction meeting at the Knesset
The Knesset is not a sanctuary

This claim was first put forth in a letter from the Knesset’s legal adviser, Eyal Yinon, to the speaker of the Knesset with regard to the situation of MK Haim Katz.

30/11/2019
Set a prisoner policy

It's a steep price to pay but one that the Israeli government felt was worth it to save the life of a single soldier.

A presidential pardon in turn for retirement

Middle Israel: Mutiny on the Likud’s ‘Bounty’

ATTORNEY-GENERAL Avichai Mandelblit faces a decision that not only will determine his career.
Benjamin Netanyahu: Will he be forced out, what will his trial look like?

Avichai Mandelblit clearly took Netanyahu’s side – or at least he pushed hard to keep himself out of the discussion of forcing Netanyahu out.

Rabbi Mirvis’s message sounds the alarm over antisemitism

Jeremy Corbyn has come under fire from Jewish leaders and lawmakers both outside and within his party for his failure to combat antisemitism in Labour.

Gideon Sa’ar dares to openly take on Netanyahu

Sa’ar is fully aware of the difficult path he has embarked on.

29/11/2019
‘Mr. Erdogan has settled your bill’

Behind the Lines: Turkey already has the will and the raw materials. This knowledge is the factor it currently lacks.

Technology. (Illustrative)
Thyssenkrupp invests millions in first 3D metal-printing in Israel

Metal Point is the outcome of a collaboration between Thyssenkrupp and the Israeli company Impact Labs.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
28/11/2019
Your Investment: Can you have your cake and eat it too?

Maybe you really can have your cake and eat it too.

By AARON KATSMAN
28/11/2019
Hillel's Tech Corner: Hospital treatment at home

Imagine a world where you can undergo rehabilitation and many types of medical treatment in your own home, on your own time, without sharing a room with other patients.

28/11/2019
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YOUR TAXES: Using tax against global warming

Taxes on road fuel are relatively high, yet rarely fully reflect the cost of environmental harm, especially with some road transport sectors offered preferential rates.

By LEON HARRIS
28/11/2019
Canceling Roger Waters

Waters’ new documentary, shot during his 2017/2018 concert tour, debuted internationally this October in limited theaters.

By LANA MELMAN
05/12/2019
A Ghadr 1 class Shahab 3 long range missile is prepared for launch during a test from an unknown loc
Iran, not Pompeo’s West Bank announcement, hinders ‘peace'

Jordan’s claims to the West Bank following its 1949 seizure were never internationally recognized, and Israel usurped this land in a defensive war.

By MAYA CARLIN
28/11/2019
Is Hamas the true beneficiary of the Israel-Islamic Jihad escalation?

I found it interesting to see how Israel reacted to the rockets from Gaza this time, as opposed to how it acted in the past.

By BENJAMIN WEIL
28/11/2019
An Indonesian Christian worshipper holds a cross as she walks the Via Dolarosa on Good Friday in Jer
A new Christian antisemitism

The task of theology requires an assessment, not only of the Bible, but of reality around us.

By PESACH WOLICKI
28/11/2019
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