Opinion

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Med & Beyond
Hillel's Tech Corner: Med & Beyond: Because it’s about time
PROTESTERS IN Jordan hold Jordanian and Palestinian flags as they march in protest against Israel.
Jordan is Israel's essential, and often neglected, partner
Calculating taxes
When money flows into emerging markets - opinion
By AARON KATSMAN
Calculating taxes
Israel's tax year is ending. Here's what you need to know
By LEON HARRIS
 A voting box in the last Israeli election in 2015
The pundits are wrong, now is the perfect time for an election - opinion
RABBI LORD Jonathan Sacks speaks at St. Mary’s University College Chapel in London in September.
Giving Rabbi Sacks the Genesis Prize is the honorable, responsible move
ARGENTINA’S DIEGO MARADONA falls during a World Cup match in Mexico City in 1986.
The secret to Diego Maradona's underserved glory - opinion
EFFI EITAM’S worldview on history could also seriously damage Yad Vashem’s status and its ability to advance Holocaust research and commemoration.
Appointing Eitam threatens the future of Yad Vashem - opinion
By YEHUDA BAUER , HAVI DREIFUSS , GUY MIRON
Holocaust survivors are seen in Jerusalem protesting the potential appointing of Effi Eitam as Yad Vashem chairman.
Appointing Yad Vashem chair a national issue, not Eitam’s private battle
By MEIR INDOR
PALESTINIANS AND the Wakf Islamic religious trust have made it clear that Emiratis and Bahrainis are not welcome to pray in al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
The Temple Mount should be defended for all Jews and Muslims - opinion
SHAI ABRAMSON
Grapevine December 4, 2020: What comes next?
A man enters the Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center in Or Yehuda.
My Word: Forgotten refugees and the proud Mizrahi heritage
If he only knew then. Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu sign their coalition agreement on April 20 in Jerusalem.
Gantz should have known better than to trust Netanyahu - opinion
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz is seen during the preliminary vote to dissolve the Knesset on December 2, 2020.
Saying goodbye to Benny Gantz once the government falls - opinion
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Can he work together with his fellow ministers?
Netanyahu is a serial deal-breaker - opinion
WORKERS PLACE plywood over storefronts ahead of Election Day, near the White House in Washington.
Do US post-election tensions signal democracy's decline? - opinion
By GWYNNE DYER
A COMBINATION picture shows Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Iran is the secret matchmaker in Israeli-Arab relations - opinion
US President Donald Trump gestures while boarding Air Force One as he departs Washington for campaign travel to Iowa at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, US, October 14, 2020.
Donald Trump's legacy leaves behind poisoned gifts for Israel - opinion
By NADAV TAMIR
(FROM LEFT) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif al Zayani and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed wave from a balcony overlooking the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, after a signing ceremony for the Abraham Accords on S
Israel-Arab ties: The one Trump policy Biden should keep - opinion
By ELI EPSTEIN , MIKE HOLTZMAN
DEMONSTRATORS CALL for financial aid and equality in higher education, outside the Council for Higher Education offices in Jerusalem in October.
COVID-19 will worsen Israeli universities' dropout epidemic - opinion
By YARON NEUDORFER
ANTI-ISRAEL DEMONSTRATORS display signs outside of New York City Hall in 2014.
Are universities producing the anti-Israel foot soldiers? - opinion
By IRIT TRATT
A Palestinian woman walks past a mural against Israel's plan to annex parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip July 14, 2020.
We need to make partners for Israeli-Palestinian peace - opinion
Effi Eitam, seen at the Jerusalem Supreme Court during a hearing on oil searching in the Golan Heights, on December 23, 2014.
Supporters of Effi Eitam accuse media of running hostile campaign
Deni Avdija, drafted by the NBA's Washington Wizards
Israel still has news to smile about in dark times
MUSLIM WOMEN recite sunset prayers outside ICE’s New York field office in New York City in 2018.
How to overcome the disconnect of Muslims in the Western world – opinion
By ALI RASHID AL NUAIMI
FORMER US President Barack Obama speaks at the memorial service for US senator John McCain at the Washington National Cathedral in 2018.
Obama’s memoir: The anatomy of Iran-appeasers and bash-Israel-firsters
PROTESTERS ON Saturday burn US and Israel flags during a demonstration against the the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s top nuclear scientist, in Tehran.
No level of diplomacy will fix Iran's malign incompetence - opinion
By REZA BEHROUZ , SHERVAN FASHANDI
Letters
Letters to the Editor December 2, 2020: Vexed over what comes next
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu, his wife, Sara, and Palmah veteran Amos Horev (right foreground) look at the plaque in the new Legacy Museum at the old Turkish khan at Sha’ar Hagai.
Grapevine December 2, 2020: Contemporary history commemorated
A general view of the US Supreme Court building at sunset in Washington, US, November 10, 2020.
Global Legal Insights: The First Amendment vs. COVID-19
US President Donald Trump waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House upon his return to Washington from Camp David, US, November 29, 2020.
Will history's judgement of Trump differ from the pundits? - opinion
ULTRA-ORTHODOX men – one masked, one not – are seen in the haredi enclave of Borough Park in Brooklyn, New York, on October 6.
NY’s COVID restrictions hold back Orthodox women - Supreme Court
By LORELEI LAIRD/JTA
Orthodox Jews gather for "Hoshanot prayers" as part of their Sukkot observance on neighborhood lawn in Monsey, New York
The Supreme Court decision won’t change anything for synagogues like mine
By RABBI YOSIE LEVINE/JTA
STUDENTS STUDY in separation compartments at the Kamenitz Yeshiva in Jerusalem in September to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The haredi fears behind the opening of yeshivot amid COVID-19 – opinion
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a Security Council meeting at the United Nations in New York, U.S., February 11, 2020.
Parallel reality of the Palestinian resolutions in the UN
By TOMAS PETRICEK
Bank Hapoalim
Coming equipped as a business during the coronavirus crisis - opinion
By DUDU LEVY REICH
Shops in Jerusalem sit closed during the national coronavirus lockdown, Oct. 2020
A third COVID-19 lockdown for Israel is unavoidable now
OR SASSON of Israel (in white) and Islam El Shehaby of Egypt compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
When BDS means boycotting Arabs – opinion
JONATHAN POLLARD arrives at US District Court in New York City in 2016.
Understanding Ehud Olmert's disdain for Jonathan Pollard – opinion
By RABBI YECHEZKEL MOSKOWITZ
PEOPLE GATHER around the water nuclear reactor at Arak, Iran, in December 2019.
What are the consequences of a nuclear Iran? – opinion
By ANDREW LOWY
US President Donald Trump waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House upon his return to Washington from Camp David, US, November 29, 2020.
Trump’s Middle East legacy: The good, the bad and the ugly – opinion
THEN-VICE PRESIDENT Joe Biden gestures as he walks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas after their meeting in Ramallah in 2010.
Will Biden's team evolve from the old Middle East narrative? – opinion
NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo wears a face mask as he arrives at a daily briefing in New York City in July.
Cuomo must know: Prayer is the antibody, faith is the vaccine – opinion
A child sits at the computer
The genius of children reading clubs on Zoom will outlast COVID-19
By DUDU LEVY REICH
Israel's ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan at the 75 UN General Assembly, September
UN must recognize Jewish refugees from Arab countries – opinion
KURT ROTHSCHILD
Honoring Kurt Rothschild at 100
Letters
Letters to the Editor November 25, 2020: Incendiary zealotry
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters following the announcement of exit polls in Israel's election at his Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv on March 3, 2020.
Is Netanyahu moving towards autocracy?
The meeting room where an EU leaders summit will take place is seen especially adapted to keep the social distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak, at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium July 16, 2020.
J’accuse: In the shadow of Dreyfus at the European Union
Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen during a vote at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem on August 24, 2020.
It's time to end the farce of this government
Iran FM Zarif, EU Rep. for Foreign Affairs Mogherini, and Iranian and Russian officials at signing of nuclear deal in Vienna, 2015
Will Biden return to the Iran deal after the Fakhrizadeh assassination?
NAFTALI BENNETT – his character holds a truly promising advantage: he doesn’t hate.
Naftali Bennett: From rookie to national leader
‘Cunningham’: From movement to movie
Docaviv: How to convey the art of dance through cinema
By ORI J. LENKINSKI
ISRAELI JUDOKA Peter Paltchik (right) and his sponsor Laurent Levy hold the medal that Paltchik won in Prague last Saturday night.
Grapevine November 29, 2020: A week for important anniversaries
A SCREEN SHOT from the virtual ‘Kinus Hashluchim,’ the International Conference of Chabad Rabbis.
The secret gathering of Chabad rabbis: An inside look
By DAVID ELIEZRIE
Israelis wearing face masks and gloves, walk outside an open restaurant proposing take aways and deliveries  takes away on May 06, 2020 in Jerusalem.
How do we get our minds off of the US elections, antisemitism and COVID?
By KEN GRUBER
Rafael’s Coronavirus Robot
Thanks to Israeli robots, the future is here
By STUART HERSHKOWITZ
THEN-US vice president Joe Biden shakes hands with Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat upon Biden’s arrival in Ramallah in 2016.
Biden's victory, Erekat's death teach valuable lessons for peace camp
By NADAV TAMIR
PEDESTRIANS CROSS the Jerusalem Light Rail tracks on Jaffa Road.
Going from urban planning to social planning amid the coronavirus
By HILA OREN
25 years later: What’s next for the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation?
25 years later: What’s next for the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation?
By JOSEP BORRELL , AYMAN SAFADI , NASSER KAMEL
TWO SUPPORTERS of US President Donald Trump hold American flags during a ‘Stop the Steal’ protest in North Las Vegas, Wednesday.
The danger to US democracy is the Republican Party - opinion
Benny Gantz
Gantz needs to bring the Israeli government to an end
ARTISTS AND MEMBERS of the cultural sector protest the ongoing corona restrictions outside Habimah Theater in Tel Aviv on November 23 2020.
My Word: Coronavirus and culture shock
Shopping cart (Illustrative)
Your Investments: This year for Black Friday shop local
By AARON KATSMAN
An accountant calculator taxes 370
Your Taxes: ‘Best estimate’ tax assessments
By LEON HARRIS
JONATHAN POLLARD
Olmert to 'Post': Stop the Pollard festival
DermaDetect.
Hillel's Tech Corner: DermaDetect uses phones to detect skin conditions
US PRESIDENT-ELECT Joe Biden delivers an address ahead of Thanksgiving at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, November 25, 2020
Looking forward to Joe Biden
By YAEL PATIR
DAME SHIRLEY PORTER
Grapevine: November 27, 2020 - There is nothing like a Dame
A mural of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis is seen in Stevenson Square
A new exhibit uses George Floyd to universalize the Holocaust
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Can he work together with his fellow ministers?
Israel is no monarchy, and Netanyahu is no king
Flooding the the center of Israel following heavy rains.
Israel's bad infrastructure is a recurring problem - it's time to fix it
SEPHARDI CHIEF Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef
Grapevine: Preserving Sephardi heritage
IDF SOLDIERS from the 669 Unit during a training exercise last year.
What does 'victory' really mean to the Israel Defense Forces - Opinion
Pakistan's deep state support for terror on full display – opinion
By ANIL TRIGUNAYAT
A statue of the late Pope John XXIII is covered by snow at the courtyard of the St. Antuan Catholic church in central Istanbul, Turkey, January 18, 2016.
Remembering Pope John XXIII, a true friend of the Jews – opinion
By BARUCH TENEMBAUM
JONATHAN POLLARD and his wife, Esther, exit Manhattan Federal Courthouse in New York City, in 2017.
Israel needs to give Jonathan Pollard a quiet homecoming
An empty Knesset Plenum
Why are women absent from Israeli, Palestinian leadership? – opinion
TURKISH PRESIDENT Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives for a meeting in Brussels in March.
How to push back Turkey’s EU provocation – opinion
By SALEM AL KETBI
THEN-US vice president Joe Biden and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem in 2016.
Can Netanyahu, Biden restore bipartisanship? – opinion
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi delivers a speech during the vote on the new government at the parliament headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, May 7, 2020
Who can get Iran out of Iraq? – opinion
CANTEK-brand medical cannabis in at their indoor growing facility in Mavki'im, in southern Israel.
It's time to reconsider halacha's stance on cannabis – opinion
By BEN ADAM
The Gulf-Israel Women's Forum brings children draped in the flags of Bahrain, Israel and the UAE to Jerusalem's Old City.
The Middle East has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving - opinion
By HOUDA NONOO
The flags of the United States, Israel, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are projected on a section of the walls surrounding Jerusalem's Old City. September 15, 2020
2020 brought us COVID-19, but it also brought a new Middle East
THE MRNA TECHNIQUE may mean that future pandemics can be dealt with far more quickly.
Are we facing an mRNA miracle against the coronavirus? – opinion
By GWYNNE DYER
RIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu greets US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wearing a Stars and Stripes mask
Grapevine November 22, 2020: A presidential perk – a trip to the Dead Sea
JONATHAN POLLARD’S release comes at a brittle moment in Israel’s political history.
Don’t give Pollard a hero’s welcome – or Trump a hero’s send-off – opinion
Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden applauds next to his granddaughters after speakig during his election rally, after news media announced that he has won the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 7, 2020.
Europe's celebration of Joe Biden's victory is premature – opinion
By RALPH SCHOELLHAMMER
A new line of wines in the Psagot winery was named after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Grapevine November 25, 2020: Family ties
Letters
Letters to the Editor November 25, 2020: Keep Pollard collared
Bank Hapoalim
How to make the most of COVID-19 to expand your customer base – opinion
By DUDU LEVY REICH
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event about the U.S. economy at Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware, U.S., June 5, 2020.
Joe Biden has underestimated Iran – opinion
WILL THE Submarine Affair eventually sink Netanyahu?
Gantz's Submarine Affair probe just the tip of the iceberg
A protective face mask is seen as curbs to fight the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have been reimposed after a rise in new cases, at Zikim beach in southern Israel July 21, 2020. Picture taken July 21, 2020.
People lie about having had COVID-19 to avoid wearing a mask – opinion
By MICAH D. HALPERN
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed display their copies of signed agreements normalizing relations between Israel and the UAE, in Washington, in September.
Time for an Israeli peace initiative for Palestinian conflict – opinion
By EFRAIM INBAR , ERAN LERMAN
US SECRETARY of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem last week.
Human rights and antisemitism: Beyond the partisan divide – opinion
By GERALD M. STEINBERG
HALL OF Names, Yad Vashem.
Appointment to Yad Vashem chair is a sensitive subject – opinion
By BETTY EPPEL
Sudanese protesters shout slogans and wave flags during a rally honouring fallen protesters at the Green Square in Khartoum, Sudan July 18, 2019
Congress must implement US-Sudan deal – opinion
By ED ROYCE
ELI BEER (left) and Mohamed Alabbar in Dubai.
Will United Hatzalah inspire similar groups in the Middle East? – opinion
SUPPORTERS OF US President Donald Trump protest against the results of the 2020 US presidential election, in Atlanta, last week.
The US is insane, and I wouldn't have it any other way – opinion
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