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.

Russian military vehicles return following a joint Turkish-Russian patrol in northeast Syria
Slaughtered in Syria – the innocent, humanity and democracy

Had assistance of any sort been forthcoming from the US or other Western governments at that early stage, Assad could have been defeated, to be replaced by a democratically elected government.

The turning point in the Israel-US Jewry relationship

AIPAC has moved steadily from its once-traditional bipartisanship and away from mainstream American Jewry as it embraced the hardline policies of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Tel Aviv marathon
Lift Tel Aviv Marathon ban and promote spirit of courage

There is a greater risk of infection in high-density enclosed areas, such as religious pilgrimage sites, places of learning or in light rail cars, than there is while running outdoors in a marathon.

By ELIZABETH WONG
26/02/2020
The lack of democratic values in Israeli media

The private citizen must reign supreme and their right to vote freely must be respected. The media’s central contribution is to provide the voter with information.

By YISRAEL MEDAD , ELI POLLAK
26/02/2020
Recalling my first meetings with Hamas – opinion

Both sides know that they essentially cannot avoid each other’s presence. They therefore constantly search for third parties to deliver messages right next door.

Yamina leader Ayelet Shaked speaks at a press conference.
I urge you to vote for Yamina – here’s why - Opinion

Only a strong Yamina will ensure that the next government acts with determination to assert Israel’s rights, ensure its security, accelerate its economy, and improve quality of life for all.

By AYELET SHAKED
25/02/2020
Letters
February 26 Mr. Clean

Jerusalem Post readers have their say

S President Donald Trump unveils his Middle East peace plan together with Prime Minister Benjamin Ne
Center Field: Comparing today's world leaders to Ahasueruses and Hamans

Hamans spread like coronavirus. Their power is amplified today because we lack the Esthers and Mordecais of yesteryear.

25/02/2020
It’s time for Big Tech to adopt IHRA definition of antisemitism

If we are pressuring world leaders to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism, why aren’t we pressuring Big Tech leaders as well?

The Hague
Palestinians and the ICC play a cruel game with international law

The Palestinians say they are merely pursuing justice but it is increasingly clear the Palestinians are using the court as a weapon.

By DAVID MAY
24/02/2020
Giant figures are seen during the 87th carnival parade of Aalst February 15, 2015
The ugly antisemitism at the Aalst carnival

Some revelers were dressed as insects with fur-lined shtreimels and fake peyot and slogans suggesting that they are parasites.

The Jewish Agency for Israel offices in Jersualem
An open letter to the Jewish Agency Board of Governors

Ironically, while the Israeli government expresses identification with victims of antisemitism, regardless of their religious stream, it continues to deny equality for non-Orthodox Jews in Israel.

24/02/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voting at the elections
Getting stay-at-home potential voters to the polls for Israeli elections

Rather than “packaging” voting as a political, civic and moral obligation, we should try instead to get these potential voters to think about the personal benefits to be gained by going to the polls.

By ASSAF SHAPIRA , OFER BERNSTEIN
24/02/2020
Lasting impact of Muslim-Jewish visit to Auschwitz

The festive evening capped a groundbreaking interfaith mission to Poland that began the day before with a visit to Auschwitz to deepen understanding of the Holocaust.

Israel elections:time to vote.
An Anglo vision for Israel's third elections

By sheer weight of numbers, the English-speaking community should be seen as vital for any political party.

By DAVID FINE
24/02/2020
Ariel Sharon's son, Gilad: 'All is foreseen, freedom of choice is granted'

What’s the connection between quantum physics and a sheep farmer? There is none but it still applies.

Honor your parents: The Bible’s most difficult commandment

The hardest commandments in Judaism are not the religious strictures but the moral imperatives, with honoring your father and mother being at top of the list.

The Lounge February 25, 2020: Unistream

Last Tuesday, the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot hosted the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

By MICHAL GALANTI
24/02/2020
A new type of peace in the Middle East

From peace between leaders to peace between peoples

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz at a faction meeting in the Knesset
Benny Gantz's missed opportunities

By adopting Netanyahu’s racist attitudes, Gantz is missing a much-needed chance to reshape the political landscape

23/02/2020
Malka Leifer
The 'Malka Leifer' cloud over Rivlin's Australia visit

Members of the haredi community helped Leifer flee Australia in 2008, and have since helped her fight extradition on the grounds that she was mentally unfit.

Where to go after Israel's third election in a year next week?

I still believe today that since the Israeli electorate is split more or less down the middle on the question of yes Bibi or no Bibi, our only hope is a national unity government.

 Arch of Titus
The golden eagle in Jerusalem: History repeats itself

King Herod put a golden eagle outside of the Temple of Jerusalem.

By LISA M. HAASBROEK
23/02/2020
An illustration of the Tel Aviv light rail Purple Line.
Israel: Ignored transportation failures and forgotten traffic jams

An advanced and suitable “intra-periphery” transportation infrastructure is a timely necessity.

Marriage process
Questions of bigamy in Israel: Legal grounds

Bigamy involves someone marrying a person while he or she is still legally married to another.

By HAIM KATZ , SAM KATZ
23/02/2020
A model of Simorgh satellite-carrier rocket during a ceremony in Tehran, Feb. 2016
Iran's aspirations in the region: The crossroads of uncertainty

Will Iran try to cement its role in a circle of Iraqi decision-makers, or will we witness the beginning of the end of Iran’s greater regional aspirations?

By ETHAN SHEINKER
23/02/2020
Iran recruits Syrian children and changes their faith

Iran is seeking to recruit Syrian children and teenagers, and influence their religious beliefs in order to foster a culture of loyalty to the regime of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

By MENDI SAFADI
23/02/2020
Is the Rabbinical Court’s best good enough?

The Rabbinical Court must set itself free to set the agunot free.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in th
Erdogan’s Turkey

Erdogan’s Turkey preaches democracy, fairness and justice while it remains steeped in anachronistic authoritarianism.

By DIMITRI GONIS
23/02/2020
Laser systems, a solution to eliminate the threat of incendiary balloons?

National effort needed to develop effective system against airborne incendiary devices

By IRIT JUWILER , JACOB GAVAN
23/02/2020
IDF soldiers respond to a stabbing attack near the Cave of the Patriarchs, January 2020.
Fixing the IDF

Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi has his hands full but first needs to ensure that his officers abide by the values and principles that the IDF has always presumed to stand for.

POLICE TAPE at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh
How Muslims helped me work through the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

The first time I came to this mosque, in the Oakland neighborhood of my hometown of Pittsburgh, was Nov. 4, 2018, less than 10 days after the attack at our synagogue.

By BETH KISSILEFF/JTA
21/02/2020
money
Which Exchange Traded Funds should investors choose?

"While strong stock market gains have been a big factor in the rising value of equity ETFs, fixed income ETFs have enjoyed brisk inflows as well."

By AARON KATSMAN
20/02/2020
The problems, solutions and tax aspects of AI smart assistants

It’s possible that the AI underpinning these machines should be trained to recognize the data that they are recording and to avoid recording unfamiliar voices.

By DEBORAH TASTIEL , LEON HARRIS
20/02/2020
Hillel's Tech Corner: Ride Vision: Making motorcycles safer

In addition to visual warnings, Ride Vision also integrates with Bluetooth helmets to give audio warnings.

20/02/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the Knesset, February 2020.
Benjamin Netanyahu must resign if he fails to form a government

If he resigns, Netanyahu will prove to his critics his interests are that of the Jewish state and the history books will judge him as one of Israel’s greatest political figures.

By ORI WERTMAN
20/02/2020
A Palestinian Hamas-hired civil servant displays U.S. Dollar banknotes
How Hamas is spending Qatari money

Protection rackets provide “protection” for profit. Much of that profit, typically, is plowed back to the organization to render it even more powerful.

The Middle East in view of a decreased US presence

Since the American people seem determined to decrease America’s military presence in the Middle East, the US should bolster its support for Israel’s campaign

By WILLIAM J. BENDER , ARI CICUREL
23/02/2020
Seven years after my arrest, Israel is still in religious handcuffs

It was a crime of passion – prayer. I had been praying at the Western Wall with Women of the Wall, wearing a tallit exactly as I had since my bat mitzvah.

Adva Center: Israel's economic growth doesn't benefit most citizens

“It’s high time for a turnabout in public policy that places the public interest at the center.”

Ehud Olmert: Nothing has changed since last election

There is no other way to say this: Vote for the Blue and White bloc.

20/02/2020
King Felipe VI omits to apologize for expulsion of the Jews from Spain

At the Fifth International Holocaust Forum, King Felipe mentioned that “Spain has a rich and complex Jewish past” but did not explicitly mention the expulsion of the Jews of Spain.

By EDUARDO EURNEKIAN , BARUCH TENEMBAUM
23/02/2020
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembl
There’s always money for Israel-bashing and antisemitism at the UN

No country should be interested in aiding and abetting the agenda of the hypocritical UN Human Rights Council

God who doesn’t exist forbid!

Crass politicians are stirring anti-religious passions for electoral gain

From Albert Camus's 'Plague' to the coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak has brought out the best and worst in people.

Former MK: A historic week for the haredi world... and Israel

UTJ Mk Moshe Gafni's support for haredi schools with more secular studies than required is nothing short of a revolution.

21/02/2020
Benny Gantz's cluelessness on US politics

According to Gantz, it is Netanyahu’s fault that Israel has become a partisan issue in the US, and it is the mission of the “anybody-but-Bibi” faction to remedy the situation

20/02/2020
‘TO CALL Rashi or Maimonides “Orthodox” would be an anachronism.’
A thought on the emergence of modern Orthodoxy

“Observance of the Sabbath gradually was abandoned in the larger cities and increasingly in the small towns as well

By AHARON WEXLER
20/02/2020
The untold story of the woman genius behind Hitchcock

Note of Harrison’s achievement suggested that stereotypes die hard. Harrison, The New York Times wrote, was “‘the only producer anywhere, with dimples and a 24-inch waistline.’”

By GERALD BARTELL
22/02/2020
THE SHOW WON’T GO ON By Jeff Abraham and Burt Kearns Chicago Review Press 240 pages; $16.99
Book review: The shows that didn't go on

The strange deaths of performers onstage

JOURNEY TO OPEN ORTHODOXY By Rabbi Avraham “Avi” Weiss Urim Publications 613 pages; $29.95
Book review: Open Orthodoxy founder tells story

Rabbi Avi Weiss takes the reader on his evolving journey

TALIA CARNER: Eyes opened to the plight of women.
New novel ‘The Third Daughter’: the Jewish women sold into sex slavery

The plight of the 150,000 Batyas

By DAVID ISAACSON
20/02/2020
Reflections: the bad juju gown

I found lots of discussion online about jinxed garments – especially unlucky pants.

By EVELYN PEONY
20/02/2020
Coronavirus: The new risks require new insights and approaches

The speed of Chinese viral contamination sends us a risk signal for trade. We discover that rapid propagation does not just work for incoming and outgoing goods and services.

By MICHAEL R. CZINKOTA
19/02/2020
A lesson from the coronavirus on the fragility and strength of humanity

This disease has already destroyed many lives. And in addition to physically killing people, we know that it is wrecking havoc in many other ways.

Netanyahu calls for proplr in Jerusalem to go and vote
Ahead of Israel's third elections, both sides exclude Arabs

Despite the promise of a “positive campaign” by Likud officials, once again, the main campaign slogan of the Likud is “Without the Arab Joint List, Gantz can’t form a government.”

Sorry, but Bernie Sanders is no Zionist

Bernie Sanders's PR people have been busily spinning his image and Jewish ancestry. So let’s look at his record, associates and endorsements.

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and U.S. Se
All eyes on US primaries on March 3, not Israeli elections the day before

This particular US election dwarfs everything else on the news agenda. Everything, even Israel’s election, the third election in a year.

Blue and White rejecting the Joint List repeats Ehud Barak's mistake

Over the past decades, Zionist parties abandoned their commitment to full equality, and have not even tried to include representatives of the Arab citizens on high places on their lists.

Members of the Sovereignty Movement protest outside the Prime Minister’s Residence on February 6
The citizenship conundrum need not confound the statehood solution

If we accept the figures offered by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, the annexation of Judea and Samaria would result in as few as 120,000 and as many as 300,000 new Palestinian Arab voters.

By AMIR AVIVI , MELISSA JANE KRONFELD
19/02/2020
‘WHAT SEPARATES American Jews and Israel is, well, everything... [yet] we ought to celebrate those d
Is this the end of 'the dying Diaspora'? – opinion

Since the American and French revolutions, assimilation has replaced acculturation in the Jewish Diaspora.

19/02/2020
Russia, Turkey, Iran reassert glory of past empires in today's Middle East

The three countries see the Arab countries as weak and exploitable, and two of them, seek to reassert their former spheres of control there.

By JACK COHEN
19/02/2020
US Jews must urge Israelis to safeguard the Trump-Netanyahu relationship

Israel needs the best leader possible at this critical moment, and no one has more experience than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin, January 30, 2020
Judaism’s liquidoxy rejects extremes, Right and Left

Imagine some truly dangerous people who should be kept away from key institutions.

18/02/2020
The tragic isolation of the Palestinian Authority

Incitement and attacks against Palestinians who want to reach out are harming the few courageous voices who would like to open minds about a future that can be different.

Palestinian rights activists moonlight as terrorists

The fact that the ties between Palestinian civil society groups and terrorist organizations have significantly deepened over the years should alarm anyone.

PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump announcing the ‘Deal of the Century.
The Trump plan's legacy is the failure of the Right

Ambassador David Friedman gave America’s blessing to annexation within a day of the plan’s release. Ten days later, he did a full about-face.

By TEHILA WENGER
17/02/2020
Donald Trump's plan for Israel’s security

The security-based essence of the plan has been one of the fundamentals of Israel’s security doctrine since repelling aggression in the Six Day War.

Reuven Rivlin speaks out against bullying

Under the slogan #DontStandBy, the president on Sunday launched a campaign against cyberbullying.

Does anyone still care about Jewish values?

As antisemitism has spiked around the world, including in the United States, Holocaust memory has become more important than ever.

Walking with survivors on 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

We entered the gas chambers in silence... there was no talking allowed.

By ANAT BARBER
17/02/2020
A HAREDI child reads from the Bible during a reading class at the Kehilot Ya’acov Torah School for b
Promoting Jewish learning is the greatest revenge against our enemies

Many historians agree that antisemitism is reaching levels globally not seen since the Holocaust.

By ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI
17/02/2020
After years of conflict, shoots of peace emerging in Yemen

Arguably, Yemen is now at its calmest since the civil war began.

An open letter to Avigdor Liberman

Mr. Liberman, the polls indicate that you are in a strong position to decide the future of our children and grandchildren in the election on March 2.

By WALTER BINGHAM
17/02/2020
The Lounge February 18, 2020: Partner Communications

Last Tuesday, Partner Communications held its annual conference, titled ‘Partners in Excellence.’

By MICHAL GALANTI
17/02/2020
Preparing for an American Democratic president

It is a great problem for Israel that the majority of American Jews will probably vote for the Democratic nominee, whoever that is.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Mevo'ot Yericho in the Jordan Valley
Constitutional changes in the post-Netanyahu era

One of the most burning issues that must be addressed concerns transition governments.

Schoolchildren stand in the doorway and watch as ultra-Orthodox Jews prepare matza in Bnei Brak near
The toxic ramifications of haredi education on Israeli society

The lack of a core curriculum in the haredi sector for boys is one of the biggest restraints on the integration of men from the community into the workforce, and on their earning capacity.

The Arab Spring for the Joint List

The Joint List is not actually absent from their influence over the identity of the next prime minister, as attested to by the three previous election campaigns.

By ITAY TSAMIR
16/02/2020
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
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