Opinion

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GERMAN FOREIGN Minister Heiko Maas (right) takes over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union from Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic-Radman during a symbolic handover in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin last week.
Germany’s moment has arrived to tackle European antisemitism
A MAN WALKS past graves desecrated with swastikas at the Jewish cemetery in Westhoffen, near Strasbourg, France, in December 2019.
ABOVE THE FOLD: Racism, antisemitism and nationalism
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu and Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit talk at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem in 2015.
Netanyahu has no more shame, no more responsibility - opinion
By YEDIDIA STERN
A WOMAN wears a patriotic mask at Gantry Plaza State Park in New York in honor of July 4th.
Center field: Why I remain an American patriot
Jpost editorial logo
The social workers’ strike
Letters
July 6, 2020: Euseless EU euphemisms
A BORDER POLICE officer jumps over burning trash during a protest near Nablus on Friday.
The different ways that annexation would court disaster for Israel
By DAVID TOBENKIN
Minister Tzachi Hanegbi
Ministerial disconnect from Israeli society - Analysis
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on June 30, 2020.
A difficult week for Netanyahu - Analysis
Eduard Shyfrin: I realized that I had to answer certain questions for myself about life and death and God
Time to examine the relationship between Judaism and modern science
By EDUARD SHYFRIN
A member of the audience looks on wearing a United States-Israel themed custom suit during the AIPAC convention at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, U.S., March 2, 2020.
Letter from America: Counting from July 4th
HADASH MK Ayman Odeh, leader of the Joint Arab List, speaks at the Knesset in this file photo.
Ayman Odeh chose to show solidarity with a terrorist - editorial
A protest for Israeli sovereignty in the Jordan Valley and Judea and Samaria in Jerusalem in February. Will events complicate the plans?
Annexation: Let the people speak for themselves
By MARK A. HELLER
Pro-Palestinian protesters hold banners reading "Peace and solidarity of Mediterranean people" (L) and "Boycott Israel, Free Palestine" (R) as they demonstrate against Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, in Barcelona June 5, 2010
Jewish organizations can do better on diversity
By JOEL BOND
An empty Knesset Plenum
It’s time to do something about Israel’s lack of political education
By URIYA ROSENMAN
A Palestinian demonstrator returns a tear gas canister as a car carrying a bride and groom passes by during a protest against Israel's plan to annex parts of the West Bank, near the Beit El settlement. July 1, 2020.
Why do Americans think Israelis are stupid?
Protest against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Washington
Is it time to connect Palestinian oppression to that of black Americans?
By YONI MICHANIE
Grenell, US ambassador to Germany, attends the "Rally for Equal Rights at the United Nations (Protesting Anti-Israeli Bias)" in Geneva
An American prophet in Berlin
Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach
Grapevine: A flawed icon
Defense Minister Benny Gantz talks to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi walks by at a cabinet meeting on June 7
Between annexation and coronavirus spike, who's in charge?
A mask is produced on Israel's first production line for N95 masks
To stop coronavirus, wear a mask and follow restrictions
Calculating taxes
What can you do with a $68 trillion inheritance?
By AARON KATSMAN
Calculating taxes
Could you be entitled to land appreciation tax refunds?
By ETGAR KEDEM-KAUFMAN , AVI BECKER , NICOLE LEVIN
7Chairs.
HILLEL'S TECH CORNER: 7Chairs: A virtual shoulder for those in need
PROTESTERS gather in Tel Aviv against police violence and discrimination following the death of 19-year-old Ethiopian-Israeli Solomon Tekah.
Racism is a collective problem – but there is still room for hope
DEMONSTRATORS RALLY in favor of additional governmental financial aid, in Tel Aviv.
Bennett to 'Post': 15 emergency measures to save Israel from coronavirus
NEIGHBORHOODS DOT the hillsides of Ma’aleh Adumim, near Jerusalem.
Myths and facts about sovereignty – opinion
Israel Police close off a Muslim cemetery in Jaffa to protesters, June 17, 2020
Ehud Olmert to 'Post': Israel is becoming a fascist country
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) greets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Monroe Room of the State Department in Washington September 2, 2010.
Israeli sovereignty as a forerunner of Palestinian self-determination
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz attends the Knesset's Remembrance Day service, April 26, 2020
The oversized government will look stupid without sovereignty – opinion
By OPHIR FALK
SOUTH AFRICA’S Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng presides over a court session in Johannesburg in 2017.
Why was South Africa's chief justice slammed for promoting objectivity?
HUNGARIAN LASZLO SOMOGYI conducts the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at a concert in Tel Aviv in 1957.
Grapevine July 3, 2020: Positive/negative
A VIEW OF the Ramat Gilad outspot in Samaria.
My Word: With or without sovereignty
President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on January 28
It's time to give Netanyahu, Trump a break and benefit of the doubt
A SOLDIER from Army Radio at the station in 2013.
Time to take Army out of Radio
A newsstand in Manhattan outfitted with ‘Fake News’ headlines was a stunt by the ‘Columbia Journalism Review,’ in October 2018.
Israeli media's annexation scare tactics – opinion
By YISRAEL MEDAD , ELI POLLAK
Jamaal Bowman, above, is challenging longtime congressman Eliot Engel for his House seat
Engel's loss to Bowman is a changing of the guard for Democrats
Netanyahu and Abbas
Netanyahu, Abbas are incapable of negotiating peace – opinion
THE BEDOUIN encampment of Khan al-Ahmar near Ma’aleh Adumim.
The 'minor' annexation plan is a major disaster – opinion
BULLDOZERS DEMOLISH nine homes in Ofra in 2017.
Is Israel stealing private Palestinian land? – opinion
BILL NICHOLS at the Women’s Cooperative of Tassa Ouirgane.
Volunteer program lets farmers share knowledge, skills in other countries
PARTICIPANTS IN THE Innovative Diplomacy Conference, produced by the Abba Eban Institute.
The key pillars of Israel’s foreign policy should be hope, optimism
By NADAV TAMIR
PALESTINIAN PATIENTS wait in the Crescent UAE Hospital in the southern Gaza Strip.
Israel is entangled in UAE-Palestinian rivalries – opinion
By MORAN ZAGA , ELIE PODEH
Letters
July 1, 2020: Sensible administrative move
INSS DIRECTOR-GENERAL and former Military Intelligence head Amos Yadlin: ‘The assessment that the Iranians are leaving Syria is a wish.’
Will annexation embolden Iran?
BIRTHRIGHT PARTICIPANTS attend a Taglit-Birthright event in Jerusalem in 2018.
If you cancel Israel, you hurt yourself, not Israel
EUROPEAN HIGH Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell attends a news conference earlier this month in Brussels, Belgium.
Let us nurture the EU-Israel relationship, not gamble it
By JOSEP BORRELL
South Africa's Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng gestures as he makes a ruling at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg, South Africa ,June 22,2017
The chief justice: Mogoeng and his support of Israel
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on June 30, 2020.
Annexation might be right, but Netanyahu’s process is flawed
FILE PHOTO: European High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell, holds a virtual news conference on the approval of Operation Irini, at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium March 31, 2020
Annexation will undermine Israel-EU ties – EU foreign chief to ‘Post’
By JOSEP BORRELL
A PANORAMIC view of east Jerusalem.
The capital of Palestine – just 50 meters from a Jewish neighborhood
By SHIMON COHEN
A European Union flag flies outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, December 19, 2019.
The EU lays out plans to strengthen European ties post-coronavirus
By SUSSANE WASUM-RAINER , EMANUELE GIAUFRET
JOHN BOLTON’S book, ‘The Room Where It Happened.’ June 2020.
John Bolton's attacks on Trump embody what's wrong with American politics
INDIA’S MINISTER of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar participates in a working dinner with Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, during the G20 Aichi-Nagoya Foreign Ministers’ meeting, 2019
India should rethink its policy in the emerging cold war with China
By NEHGINPAO KIPGEN , MOHANASAKTHIVEL
A SIGN reads ‘Go now. Everyone means everyone,’ at a protest near the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, June 2020
Lebanon protests increase possibility of Hezbollah attack against Israel
By TAL BEERI
A member of Libya's internationally recognised government forces carries a weapon in Ain Zara, Tripoli, Libya October 14, 2019. Picture taken October 14, 2019.
Will Egypt cross the rubicon in Libya?
By ITZHAK LEVANON
Workers protest outside the Finance Ministry in Jerusalem, June 2020
The ethics of firing in the time of coronavirus
Facebook symbol
Brands boycotting Facebook are doing nothing more than virtue signalling
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz arrive at the Knesset plenum to vote on four no confidence votes against the government
Our leaders need to act responsibly
Letters
June 29, 2020: Dissolving illusions
GREEK PRIME Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis speaks during a press briefing in Jerusalem last week.
Can Israel, Greece and Turkey cooperate?
By GEORGE N. TZOGOPOULOS
UAE FOREIGN MINISTER Anwar Gargash.
Annexation and normalizing UAE/Israel relations
By ABRAHAM D. SOFAER
WE DON’T really know all the facts, and it is very difficult to judge what actually happened in the case of MK Meir Cohen.
The elusive case of MK Meir Cohen
Black Flags demonstrators protesting the arrest of brig.-gen. (res.) Amir Haskel and calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign.
Legitimate protest
Turkish President Reçep Tayyip Erdoğan addresses a meeting of his ruling AK Party in Ankara on July 26
Erdogan’s agenda: Neo-Ottoman ambition or pan-Islamist zeal?
Joint List MK Mansour Abbas alongside Blue and White leader Benny Gantz on Holocaust Remembrance Day, 2020
Reconciliation starts with ending racism
Udi and Anat Angel
Grapevine June 18, 2020: Independence and annexation... or not
American and Israeli Jews [Illustrative]
Amid coronavirus, Jewish Americans must help the global Jewish community
By MICHAEL D. SIEGAL
Palestinian boy hurls stones at Israeli troops during clashes in the West Bank
Israel must learn to speak 'Palestinese' to punish PA terror perpetrators
LIBYAN MILITARY commander Khalifa Haftar (left) walks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Presidential Palace in Cairo in April 2019.
Egypt is prepared to go to war in Libya
By JUDAH WAXELBAUM
Libyan National Army (LNA) members, commanded by Khalifa Haftar, head out of Benghazi to reinforce the troops advancing to Tripoli, in Benghazi, Libya April 7, 2019
Tehran is meddling in US-Iraq strategic talks
By MAYA CARLIN
PLACARDS LIE on the ground during a protest in Tel Aviv against the annexation plan last week.  If Israel extends sovereignty to the Jordan River Valley and major settlement blocs, the uproar will be great.
The Left's message of 'Peace with the Palestinians' is brainwashing
EFRAT. IS it time to annex this Gush Etzion community?
It is either sovereignty now or wait for the Messiah - opinion
In this image shared on Telegram on March 15, the coronavirus is presented as a trojan horse for “globalist” Jews.
Coronavirus sparked a new wave of antisemitism
Calculating taxes
Receive an inheritance: Don’t listen to the crowd
By AARON KATSMAN
Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin
Steve Mnuchin started a tax war between the US and OECD – opinion
By LEON HARRIS
Append Medical
HILLEL'S TECH CORNER: Append Medical works to take unknown out of strokes
POLICE PREPARE to disperse youths throwing rocks after Friday prayers in Isawiya.
The charade of Israel's annexation – opinion
JARED KUSHNER, senior adviser to the president, listens to US President Donald Trump speak with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House last year.
Trump, Kushner deserve better from Israel – opinion
PA President Mahmoud Abbas in cairo on Janurary 31 2020
An open letter to PA President Abbas: Take Trump's deal – opinion
A RECENT view of the Jordan Valley – no longer an area of strategic significance.
Ehud Olmert to 'Post': There is a heavy price for annexation
Gantz with reservist paratroopers 390
Employers penalize workers in reserves – opinion
By MICHAEL MAOZ
The Palestinians participate in a march rejecting the policy of the Israeli annexation project in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley and the deal of the century, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on June 11, 2020.
Annexation is not apartheid – opinion
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin attend a memorial ceremony for Ze’ev Jabotinsky at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem last year.
Annexation: Asserting the promise of a greater Israel – opinion
MORAN ATIAS (from left), Nitza Raz Silbiger, Ofra Bel, Ettie Oziel and Aline Bizimana.
Grapevine June 25, 2020: Women on the front lines
Retired judge Yitzhak Banai and his wife, Simcha, their son Eviatar Banai, music historian Yoav Kutner, exhibition curator Tal Kobo, Gavri Banai, and Eilat Lieber, museum director, pose for a photo at the Tower of David Museum.
My Word: Culture, corona and the Banai clan
MK Elazar Stern
Elazar Stern to 'Post': I am disappointed in the relgious-Zionist MKs
WILL THE settlement of Ma’aleh Adumin officially become an Israeli city?
For 'settlers,' annexation feels like making aliyah again – opinion
Protest against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Washington
The link between George Orwell, George Floyd and the Jews – opinion
GROWING UP, the thought of being in our 60s was as imaginable as say, mobile phones and the Internet.
When I’m 64: How to live, how to die.
By RICHARD SHAVEI-TZION
CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER Justin Trudeau takes a knee during a rally against the death of George Floyd, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, on June 5.
Canada loses its bearings chasing the globalist ideal chimera
Letters
June 26, 2020: Yes annexation; No annexation
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu.
Netanyahu is no Winston Churchill, no matter how much he thinks he is
A NATIONAL GUARD member looks out of a military vehicle earlier this month while riding near the White House following national protests after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.
In the end of Trump's term, the world’s number one superpower is dying
By SHABTAI SHAVIT
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump holds his first reelection campaign rally in several months in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday.
Donald Trump's politics of hate, destruction, disease – opinion
An Orthodox Jewish man wears a mask while talking on a cellphone in the Orthodox Jewish community of the Borough Park neighborhood during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID19) in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., April 30, 2020.
Coronavirus is a public health threat to Jewish life – opinion
By INON SCHENKER
Settlement of Elon Moreh, near Nablus, West Bank, June 11, 2020
The many viewpoints on West Bank annexation – opinion
EITAM HILL, on the outskirts of Efrat in Gush Etzion, last September.
Most Israelis, Palestinians want peace, but peace means different things
A MEDICAL worker at the coronavirus unit, in Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov) hospital last month.
The coronavirus’ social impact on Israeli Arabs – opinion
By YOSEPH HADDAD
Demonstrators gather behind a fence during a protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, in Washington, U.S., June 4, 2020
COVID-19 brought the world together George Floyd's death tore it apart
By KEN SPIRO
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