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.

Grapevine May 12, 2021: Wars and conquests

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

There is only one Jerusalem - opinion

While freedom of worship has been given to all religions in the city, there is excessive strictness imposed upon Jews seeking to visit the Temple Mount.

Ethiopian aliyah to Israel: Commemoration, discrimination - editorial

The memorial this year comes six years after mass protests by Jews of Ethiopian origin against racism in Israeli society.

Iran’s presidential election shrouds who really runs the country - opinion

Historically, Iranian presidents have had very little impact on either domestic or foreign policy. He cannot make change. In effect, the president has limited power with an impressive title.

How Palestinians lost Jerusalem to Israel - opinion

As Palestinian leaders and Iran incite mobs to wreak havoc at holy sites for Jerusalem Day, they are once again fulfilling a rich, lengthy tradition of failure that only harms their interests.

A look at UAE policy on the Israeli-Palestinian issue - opinion

The absence of dialogue with the Palestinian leaderships deprives the UAE of significant leverage in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

By MORAN ZAGA
10/05/2021

Afghanistan: Has Biden taken a wrong turn? - opinion

Experts say that the Taliban, despite losses estimated in the tens of thousands, is stronger now than at any point since 2001. With up to 85,000 full-time fighters, it controls 20% of the country.

COVID-19 vaccine campaign: Israel, Italy - a tale of 2 countries - opinion

It is thought that in Italy, the vaccine rollout is among the worst.

By YAEL MIRIAM DELLA ROCCA
10/05/2021

For the Negev's sake, Israel's politicians must put egos aside - opinion

The gov’t should promote the transition of the IDF C4I and Intelligence Campus to the Negev and turn Beersheba into the cyber capital of Israel.

By YEHUDA HADAD
10/05/2021

Bill and Melinda Gates and the explosion of gray divorce - opinion

People who have been married more than a quarter-century who decide, after the kids are grown and out of the house, decide they’ve had enough. That’s become the fastest-growing segment of divorce.

A man enters the main branch of Bank Hapoalim, Israel's biggest bank, in Tel Aviv

How to manage 200 couples who have been forced to delay weddings

How to cope with the financial crisis and even emerge from it stronger.

By DUDU LEVY REICH
10/05/2021
AN ISRAELI flag held aloft on Jerusalem Day.

Jerusalem Day Flag Parade should not go through Damascus Gate - editorial

All eyes will be focused on the capital on Monday when Jews, mainly from the Right and national-religious sector, plan to hold the traditional Flag Parade, which usually proceeds into the Old City.

Is Israel’s hardline shoring up the US position? - opinion

evidence confirms continued US-Israeli coordination and cooperation to address Iranian threats in a variety of areas. The most recent move is the two countries’ agreement to form a joint task force.

By SALEM AL KETBI
09/05/2021

When did a left-wing government become a danger? - opinion

Today, the demonization and bad-mouthing of the leftists/liberals/socialists is undoubtedly much more widespread than several decades ago.

U.S. Army paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division prepares before departure to Middle East

America’s exit from the Middle East - analysis

The American withdrawal from the region, promised by US presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, now has a September target date in Afghanistan.

After Meron, Israel needs a culture of true accountability - editorial

Zero people have had anything happen to them despite 45 people losing their lives in the greatest civilian tragedy in Israel’s 73-year history. Zero.

Grapevine, May 9, 2021: A fruitful discussion

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

Antisemitism must be met with a strong Judeo-Christian alliance - opinion

Incidentally, strengthening the Judeo-Christian alliance begins in school.

By IRIT TRATT
08/05/2021
A bloodied Israeli flag hangs on the main building at the University of Cape Town on Monday.

There is a new way to smear Zionism - opinion

Bashing nationalism is very desirable in academic circles these days, and bashing Jewish nationalism and the Zionist movement is especially popular.

By MOSHE PHILLIPS
08/05/2021

Biden’s address left antisemitism unaddressed - opinion

Last weekend, in fact, provided Biden with an additional reason to discuss hate in America.

By YAAKOV MENKEN
08/05/2021

Why Human Rights Watch's apartheid accusation is incorrect - opinion

The very essence of apartheid was the physical separation of people based on a legislated racial hierarchy.

The end of the Castro era provides new opportunities on Cuba - opinion

As Raúl Castro exits the scene, ending 62 years of Castro tyranny, many questions abound. One thing, however, is perfectly clear: Decades of US sanctions have failed. And miserably.

By PETER SUBISSATI
08/05/2021
Visibly pregnant 34-year-old Narkis receives her coronavirus vaccine in Tel Aviv, January 21, 2021.

Coronavirus creates an opportunity to fight hospital-acquired infections

Highlighting the need to enforce hygiene standards in hospitals and implementing innovative technologies that can create a significant change.

By ORNA GOLDBERG
08/05/2021

HRW exploits human tragedy to further its political agenda - opinion

HRW’s report is part of a concerted NGO campaign, as documented by NGO Monitor, to use the term “apartheid” in order to lobby the International Criminal Court to open an investigation against Israel.

How Morocco relates to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process - opinion

Morocco has played a role in the peace process between Israel and its neighbors from time to time throughout its history due to its relatively neutral foreign policy.

By ROEE KIBRIK , NIMROD GOREN
08/05/2021

Human Rights Watch did a one-sided takedown of Israel - opinion

The report comes as Palestinian leaders in the West Bank and Gaza erect more barriers to peace with Israel, and as they themselves degrade the human rights of the Palestinian people.

By LAWRENCE J. HAAS
08/05/2021

Change in Israel might be coming with Bennett-Lapid government - opinion

There is no doubt that if this government comes together, it will be something never seen before in Israel.

07/05/2021

The power of civic solidarity after tragedy to bring us together - opinion

The Arabs understand the pain of the ultra-Orthodox. They experience the same contempt from the police and the minister of public security.

By GHAIDA RINAWIE ZOABI
07/05/2021
United Hatzalah medics work to help injured at Meron, April 30, 2021

Mount Meron tragedy: Night of unity, respect, helping others - opinion

Our students never blamed the police or the hassidim. They showed concern for everyone.

07/05/2021

Olmert to 'Post': Ohana, Netanyahu responsible and guilty for Meron

When the investigation process is completed, those responsible will be identified. No one will be held criminally liable.

07/05/2021

Lapid, Bennett need to form a unity government - editorial

Bennett and Lapid need to show the public that the premiership is not a goal in and of itself, but a means through which to promote the country.

Calculating taxes

A little knowledge goes a long way - opinion

Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing. –Warren Buffett

By AARON KATSMAN
06/05/2021
Calculating taxes

How do family units impact Israel's real estate taxation? - opinion

Real estate transactions in Israel are generally subject to the following: land appreciation tax, levied on the seller, and purchase tax levied on the purchaser.

By ETGAR KEDEM-KAUFMAN , AVI BECKER , NICOLE LEVIN
06/05/2021

Meron commission of inquiry should restore state's authority - opinion

The Mount Meron disaster as a lesson in absent governance

By YEDIDIA STERN , HAIM ZICHERMAN
06/05/2021
MICHAEL, ORLY and their two sons recite the Shema prayer before a Giyur K’Halacha conversion court.

My converts to Judaism should feel Jewish - opinion

Judaism was never static in its self-understanding of the nature of God or God’s relationship to the Jewish people.

By ELIE KAPLAN SPITZ
06/05/2021

Down with Deri: The Shas leader must be shamed out of politics - opinion

The Meron misfortune reflects a larger problem that Israel has with haredi politics, in which Arye Deri is a key culprit.

Grapevine May 7, 2021: A Dickensian iftar

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

My Word: Learning from the Meron disaster

There was something biblical about both the scope and nature of the disaster that took the lives of 45 people in the early hours of Friday morning, April 30.

Seeing the news in Israel from the outside - opinion

How many more rockets, riots, elections and stampedes can someone endure?

06/05/2021

Mahmoud Abbas’s default ploy: Antisemitic incitement - opinion

All along, and as recently as this week, PA officialdom under his rule has been consistent in its support for the cold-blooded murder of innocent Israelis.

06/05/2021
A newsstand in Manhattan outfitted with ‘Fake News’ headlines was a stunt by ‘Columbia Journalism'

Stand up for true liberalism or bow down to fascism - opinion

No progress ever stems from lies, violence and cowardice. What elevates and what destroys is the question that every generation has faced, and right now we are allowing the destroyers free rein.

By KAREN LEHRMAN BLOCH
06/05/2021
Hebrew books

Hundreds of Jewish books buried as part of project at Manhattan synagogue

Jewish norms forbid tossing sacred writings into the trash. A worn Torah scroll should be buried with a sainted person

By RABBI JEREMY KALMANOFSKY/JTA
06/05/2021

Israel's failure to put ideology aside fuels political crisis - editorial

Rivlin has often spoken about Israel’s four tribes. In reality Israel has far more than that. If, however, we stay focused on what divides us we will never be able to unite.

In Israel, political concerns always outweigh public interests - opinion

We must return to the framework of two major political parties that will be the home of political struggles, allowing the government to govern.

By OVED YEHEZKEL
05/05/2021

Meron tragedy underscores dangerous divisions in Israel - opinion

Haredim cannot be expected to respect secular culture. Secular people, meanwhile, cannot be expected to respect the haredi way.

By DAN PERRY
05/05/2021

Jerusalem Day: Fight fires at home, avoid crossfires abroad - opinion

As fires rage around the world – COVID, race wars, antisemitism – we are again privileged to be precisely here, fighting our own battles instead of being caught in the crossfire of others’.

Palestinian elections and the unknown road ahead - opinion

There are serious reasons behind the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Most Israelis are blind to the realities of occupation.

Enough with the lies about Biden and the Iran nuclear deal - opinion

No country other than Iran has ever voluntarily agreed to put such extraordinary restrictions on its nuclear activities, and understood that its lack of compliance would revive economic sanctions.

By MOSHE CHERTOFF
05/05/2021

Remembering the Kent State massacre, 51 years later - opinion

I hope that today’s troops are far better trained and infinitely better led than in my day.

European Rabbinical Conference holds 1st ‘Day of Salvation and Liberation’

Rabbi Lau: ‘The message is not to remain indifferent; to resolutely fight antisemitism. God saved us from them, but we should not hope for a miracle again’

Jerusalem Day: A unified capital remains divided - editorial

The lack of clarity over the status of the Palestinians living in Jerusalem and the lack of a vision making Jerusalem a truly undivided city remains elusive.

The Left should insist on an Arab minister - opinion

When we go out to the polls again, be it in 2021 or 2025, the Center-Left will still need to face the Arab public and convince them to vote and to give them their support.

By SHIR NOSATZKI
04/05/2021

Meron tragedy is a reminder that the haredim are part of us - opinion

Perhaps this horrific moment can become that kind of turning point for haredi integration into Israeli society. But it will only happen with leadership.

04/05/2021

The Left, Right are both correct and wrong about Israel - opinion

No one narrative is fully correct, and the truth (whatever it may be) will often upset the partisans among us. So let’s try to set the record straight (or further complicate it) on a few issues.

By JOSH FELDMAN
04/05/2021
Letters

Letters to the Editor May 5, 2021: More on Meron

Readers of The Jerusalem Post have their say.

Grapevine May 5, 2021: Briefly united in sorrow

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

Jerusalem: The model for Jewish-Arab coexistence - opinion

The model of coexistence in the city of Jerusalem can be the model for coexistence between Arabs and Jews living together throughout the country.

By ZIPI MIZRACHI
04/05/2021

After Meron, violence, Israel needs a government now - editorial

The government in recent weeks yielded its authority both at the Damascus Gate and in Meron, concerning decisions it deemed necessary to preserve public order at both sites.

China and Iran: A dangerous strategy for an unstable region - opinion

As the international community negotiates with Iran over its reentry into the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA), it’s important to take into account the new China-Iran strategic relationship.

By BOB FEFERMAN
03/05/2021

The ultimate question after the Mount Meron tragedy: Why? - opinion

Many are calling for a full government investigation into what exactly caused the incident. Others are answering the question by looking inward in spiritual reflection.

By DAVID ELIEZRIE
03/05/2021

Stop justifying the 45 deaths on Mount Meron - opinion

There is no reason and no justification for the victims’ deaths. There is no good that came from their deaths. No lesson for the collective Jewish people.

My son was at Mount Meron and I can’t stop thinking about it - opinion

I haven’t been able to bring myself to read a single article about what happened, though I see the headlines and I hear people talk about it.

By ROBYN FRISCH
03/05/2021

Armenian Genocide: Time for Israel to call a spade a spade - opinion

By the end of the war, more than 90% of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire were gone, and many traces of their presence had been erased.

A J Street panel meeting

J Street is the go-to Israel-focused US NGO? God help us! - opinion

It is clear that J Street and its fellow travelers like Jewish Voice for Peace and IfNotNow view Israel through the prism of the American Jewish experience.

Tel Aviv’s pioneering boutique Hotel Montefiore is back

Twelve years ago, the Montefiore Hotel became the first boutique hotel in the city that doesn’t sleep. The past year saw it struggling to survive but now the hotel and its iconic restaurant are back.

By ARIEH O’SULLIVAN
03/05/2021
Jose Miguel Vivanco, director of Human Rights Watch Americas, holds up a report

Delegitimizing Israel has become a mainstream pastime - opinion

The Human Rights Watch report accusing Israel of apartheid could have a negative impact on the Jewish state's international legacy.

By MICHAEL FENENBOCK
03/05/2021

Israel's stigma: A country of prosperity suffers from poverty -opinion

It is hard to fathom how in a country that boasts about its technological advancements, economic prosperity and military prowess, 23% of its population lives under poverty line

How we must investigate Meron - editorial

Yesterday was declared a day of mourning for the 45 victims but lowering flags and lighting candles are not enough. This was the country’s worst-ever civilian disaster.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Mount Meron after the tragic incidents on Thursday night, April

Meron tragedy reflects relationship between Israel and the ultra-Orthodox

The legal complexities of who controls what land and which buildings at the Tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai on Mount Meron have for years stymied efforts to develop the site.

Iraq: A country notorious for its democracy - opinion

Post-Saddam Iraq has suffered from poor governance. The new, democratic Iraq is rife with bribery, kickbacks, and embezzlement, a routine part of its corrupt politics.

By HEYRSH ABDULRAHMAN
02/05/2021

Mount Meron is a confusing tragedy - opinion

The event is a national tragedy, and should be treated as such, irrespective of whom the victims are, and how loyal or disloyal they were to the state.

Judaism should be available for all - editorial

Not only does it pave the way for Jews of all streams to be eligible for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return, it also sends a message that the Orthodox monopoly on Israel is not sustainable.

A man holds up a sign as he and several thousand other protestors demonstrate during a rally

Will intifada start if Israel opposes Iran deal? - opinion

As the number and severity of Palestinian and Iranian attacks against Israel increase, US President Joe Biden moves quickly to restore former president Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal.

By REED D. RUBINSTEIN
02/05/2021
The Beverly Hills City Hall building lights up in blue, and shines an American and Israeli flag inte

Israel needs a Diaspora Affairs Ministry and Diaspora Jewry needs Israel

An office dedicated to the Jews of the world sends a message to those Jews that Israel cares about them and that they have an address to come to discuss issues that concern them.

Will Biden sacrifice Israel over Iran? - opinion

The Biden administration might be prepared to sacrifice a strong strategic alliance with Israel if it were to oppose the US return to the Iran deal.

Injustices for French Jews make the case for aliyah - opinion

France is home to the world’s third-largest Jewish population, at around 500,000. But with rising antisemitism across the country, it is no surprise that French Jews are packing up and leaving.

By BEN STONE
01/05/2021

Right-wing protests hold growing appeal for ultra-Orthodox men - opinion

Though this handful of demonstrators is not representative of ultra-Orthodox society as a whole, it reflects a growing trend among young ultra-Orthodox men who find an outlet in right-wing protests.

01/05/2021
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I have three children. But the Jewish community is my fourth

We give our three children enormous love and energy and guidance, and at the same time, we also discuss the fourth child that we nurture and guide alongside them: the Jewish community.

By ELISA PALTER
01/05/2021

Stop asking if my kids are happy, there's more to life than that - Opinion

Whereas acts of sadness, grief, and mourning tend to be more specific and delineated, Judaism really has no concrete guidelines on how to be happy – it depends on the nature of each individual.

By KEN GRUBER
01/05/2021

What Israel missed by ignoring the J Street conference - opinion

The Israeli government and public are unaware of the change in US attitudes toward Israel, especially in the American Jewish community. The lack of attention in Israel towards J Street proves this.

01/05/2021

Taly's Travel: Springing into action in northern Israel

As Israel started opening up, we headed up North to see what we could find. With such beautiful landscapes, why bother going abroad?!

By TALY SHARON
01/05/2021

Netanyahu needs to go, Israel needs a reset - opinion

It is sad to say, but Netanyahu today is a danger to the State of Israel. Even his longtime supporters must recognize that this country is more important than this prime minister.

29/04/2021
US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks on Middle East peace at the Department of State in

John Kerry’s anti-Israel stance speaks for itself - opinion

Kerry might very well be telling the truth. But he would do well to reflect on why accusations surrounding his attempts to undermine Israel, not to mention the US, are completely plausible.

29/04/2021

Amid COVID-19, Israel needs to help olim and their families - editorial

Why are there not clearer guidelines? Do we not care about olim and their families? Does the government not understand that there are olim here who are alone?

Calculating taxes

Lag Ba’omer: Love and smoke are in the air - opinion

Financial and romantic advice for newlyweds - or anyone married!

By AARON KATSMAN
29/04/2021
Calculating taxes

OECD reports on Israel Tax Authority functioning: Why does it matter?

This is highly relevant to international business and investment, as well as immigrants.

By LEON HARRIS
29/04/2021

US talks with Iran on nuclear deal are bound to sink - opinion

Fool me once, shame on me. Twice? Also shame on me.

Are Jews living in Arab properties in Jerusalem ready to vacate them?

In moral terms, the answer should be yes, given the demand that Arabs living in property claimed to belong to Jews in Sheikh Jarrah should vacate.

By SARI NUSSEIBEH
29/04/2021

Ehud Olmert to 'Post': We are on the way to another Intifada - opinion

It’s a known fact that Palestinians are no responsible for most terrorist attacks take place in Jerusalem not responsible for any terrorist activity – this responsibility falls solely upon us.

29/04/2021
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boys dance around a bonfire as they celebrate the Jewish holiday of Lag Ba'Ome

Lag Ba'omer: Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai put out fires - opinion

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai was not a “commissioner” and certainly not a firefighter, but the fact that already on the day he leaves the cave we find him putting out fires tells us a lot.

By MENACHEM GERLITZKY
29/04/2021

John Kerry treachery: How far US officials fight Israel's Iran campaign

It is plausible, alas, because deviousness characterizes Kerry and he has been willing to curry favor with adversaries to prove his own mighty wisdom, while punishing Israel.

What are haredi parties doing in a national-Zionist coalition? - opinion

A government priding itself as being national, democratic, Zionist, relies on haredi cynical anti-Zionist parties aiming to extract state funds, enforce religious coercion and erode democracy.

29/04/2021
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