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.

US NATIONAL GUARD soldiers walk through Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington three weeks after the Capitol riot. Real leaders care about the hearts they hold as they walk people through the inevitable human experience of loss.

People should be given the chance to mourn after US election - comment

Letters

Letters to the editor, March 8, 2021: Citizen Pain

Pope Francis holds weekly audience at the Vatican, December 2, 2020.

Why the Pope's visit to Iraq is of symbolic importance

PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at Jerusalem’s King David Hotel last week.

Netanyahu’s interview with Aryeh Golan was more of the same - opinion

GYPT’S PETROLEUM and Mineral Resources Minister Tariq al-Mulla attends a news conference in Cairo in 2018.

Two major figures in Arab world visit Israel as the Middle East changes

SHERYL SANDBERG: Looking above.

What do COVID-19 and red lipstick have in common? - opinion

THE KNESSET building in Jerusalem holds one of the world’s smallest legislatures.

Conversion challenge must be solved by Knesset - opinion

US SECRETARY of State Antony Blinken speaks during a news conference at the State Department last month.

Troubled Middle East geopolitics in the Biden era - comment

By TILAK K. DOSHI
US SECRETARY of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference in Jerusalem on August 24.

The new face of combating antisemitism - comment

DAN KLEIMAN (left), Adi Strauss and Eran Weintrob.

Grapevine March 7, 2021: A taste of Thai

Antisemitism in the United States

The first step to fighting antisemitism: Why the IHRA definition matters

By ROBERT WILLIAMS , MARK WEITZMAN
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR Marian Turski delivers a speech marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration and death camps, on January 27, 2020.

A day of their own: Holocaust Survivor Day - comment

By MICHAEL BERENBAUM , JONATHAN ORNSTEIN
THE mammoth Leviathan natural gas pipeline-in-progress.

Do the Abraham Accords open up new energy opportunities? - comment

IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER Mohammad Javad Zarif (left) meets with International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Rafael Grossi in Tehran last month.

Major powers have interest in joining forces - comment

REFORM AND CONSERVATIVE Jews protest outside the Prime Minister’s Residence in 2017.

Small step for the court, large step for converts - comment

By NOA SATTATH
A MAN is helped by his son as he receives a COVID-19 vaccination at a clinic in east Jerusalem in December.

How did vaccines become a political issue? - opinion

The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, before the beginning of a board of governors meeting, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Vienna, Austria, March 1, 2021.

Why are Israeli ex-generals battling over the Iran deal? - opinion

IBTISAM MARA’ANA arrives for a court hearing at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem last month, at which the court overturned the decision of the Central Elections Committee to disqualify her candidacy in the election.

Demanding Israeli Arabs' gratitude is hypocritical - opinion

Members of UTJ hold a press conference after meeting with President Reuven Rivlin at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem after the April 2019 election.

Israel is in a religious war between haredi, democratic forces - opinion

A MEDICAL TEAM is seen working at the new biological emergency unit dedicated to COVID-19 at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, in Jerusalem, last year.

Why do medical dramas perpetuate stereotypes of Orthodox Jews? - opinion

By SHOSHANA GOTTLIEB/JTA
WRITING ABOUT one’s health publicly can have a similar effect.

Their writing helped make sense of COVID - their thoughts on year two

By LAURA E. ADKINS/JTA
ZAKA FOUNDER Yehuda Meshi Zahav with former IDF Home Front Command head Maj.-Gen. Tamir Yadai.

Grapevine March 5, 2021: The ability to change

THE TOWER of David displays its festive colors for the Follow the Lights event.

My Word: Following the lights in Jerusalem and beyond

All parties voters can vote for at the ballot in Israel's March 23 election.

Israel Elections: Is God giving up on Israel? - opinion

Israeli police officers clash with ultra-Orthodox Jewish men during enforcement of coronavirus emergency regulations, Jerusalem, January 26, 2021

Can Israel ever make peace with the haredi sector? - opinion

AMERICAN AND ISRAELI Orthodox and Conservative Jews protest in 2016 outside the Chief Rabbinate offices in Jerusalem against the Rabbinate’s disqualification of American rabbis’ conversions.

Non-halachic conversion can undermine Jewish society in Israel - opinion

By JEFFREY WOOLF
The entrance of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is seen in The Hague March 3, 2011.

ICC investigation is Israel's wake-up call - opinion

A PASSENGER SEARCHES for ground transportation after arriving at Ben-Gurion Airport earlier this month.

Israelis abroad suffer month of hell, courtesy of our gov't - opinion

‘BULLS MAKE MONEY, bears make money, pigs get slaughtered.’ No investment goes up in a straight line forever. Appreciate how well your portfolio has done over the last few years, and don’t become a pig.

Don’t be greedy with investments: Appreciate what you have

By AARON KATSMAN
Skillset

Hillel's Tech Corner: Skillset: The way HR should be done

Calculating taxes

What are Israel's 'tax traps' for gifts, inheritance?

By MOTI BALILTI , JOSEF STERNTHAL , LEON HARRIS
Public Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda attends the trial for Malian Islamist militant Al-Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud at the ICC (International Criminal Court) in The Hague, the Netherlands July 8, 2019.

ICC investigation shows its problems go beyond just Israel

High Court of Justice prepares for hearing on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can form the next government, May 3, 2020

As Orthodox rabbis, we support the court's conversion ruling - opinion

By AVI WEISS , MARC D. ANGEL
Tar pollution near the shore of Israel

My Word: The black-and-blue sea

SOLDIERS OF the Bardales Battalion prepare for urban warfare training near Nitzanim. Formed in 2014, Bardales is an IDF infantry combat battalion comprised of 50% female soldiers.

Women's empowerment: Esther, traffic and the Golden Globes - opinion

By HADASSAH CHEN
TIME FOR a divorce from the Holy Land?

Israel Elections: Is it time to say goodbye to Israel? - opinion

UTJ leader Yaakov Litzman attends the weekly cabinet meeting, January 2020.

UTJ must apologize for deplorable attack ad on Reform Jews

A MAN is helped by his son as he receives a COVID-19 vaccination at a clinic in east Jerusalem in December.

Israelis, Palestinians need a reset in relations - opinion

FORMER US President Donald Trump attends the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday.

Donald Trump's election reform hoax - opinion

Newly elected Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland

Amid coronavirus, Thailand works for sustainable growth through diplomacy

By DON PRAMUDWINAI
IRANIAN FOREIGN Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (left) meets with IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi (right) in Tehran on February 21.

Is Israel on collision course with Biden administration? - opinion

A DEMONSTRATOR holds a picture of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, outside the Saudi Arabia Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2018.

Saudi Arabia crown prince: Wicked, ruthless, arrogant and stupid - opinion

By GWYNNE DYER
YAIR LAPID casts his ballot at a voting station in Tel Aviv during the Knesset elections on March 2, 2020.

Israel Elections: 3 weeks till voting, detailed policies still unknown

PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu holds a press conference at the Health Ministry in Jerusalem in December.

Amid coronavirus, fake news works overtime - opinion

By SHIRLY BAR-LEV
MEN CELEBRATE Purim in Jerusalem’s Mea She’arim neighborhood on Sunday.

Coronavirus, Yom Kippur War: Israel's similar responses - opinion

By GIDEON ARGOV
A man enters the main branch of Bank Hapoalim, Israel's biggest bank, in Tel Aviv, Israel July 18, 2016. Picture taken July 18, 2016

Coronavirus: Why branching out into online services is necessary

By DUDU LEVY REICH
AMBASSADOR AKIVA TOR, with two US Army officers, reading the megillah.

Grapevine March 3, 2021: It did not rain on his parade

High Court of Justice prepares for hearing on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can form the next government, May 3, 2020

High Court conversion ruling helps bridge Israel-Diaspora rift

High Court of Justice prepares for hearing on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can form the next government, May 3, 2020

High Court conversion ruling helps bridge Israel-Diaspora rift

ANCHOR COLIN JOST (left) and anchor Michael Che during Weekend Update on ‘Saturday Night Live’ last year.

Make 'em laugh: Using comedy to cancel 'cancel culture' - opinion

High Court of Justice prepares for hearing on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can form the next government, May 3, 2020

High Court conversion ruling helps bridge Israel-Diaspora rift

TURKISH-BACKED FIGHTERS walk through the southern countryside of Syria’s Idlib Province in April.

How Turkey's Erdogan conned ‘The New York Times’ - opinion

By BERNARD-HENRI LÉVY , THOMAS S. KAPLAN
A WOMAN holds a picture of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, at an anti-US demonstration near the old US embassy in Tehran in 2019.

Israel-Iran peace deal: Why it's needed, what it could look like - opinion

By MARIAM MEMARSADEGHI , SHUVALOY MAJUMDAR
Letters

Letters to the Editor March 3, 2021: Preaching to the converted

MK NAFTALI BENNETT in the Knesset – he spoiled it all.

Naftali Bennett: The kingmaker who will not be king - opinion

StoreDot

Hillel's Tech Corner: StoreDot: Batteries for 2021

All parties voters can vote for at the ballot in Israel's March 23 election.

Israel Elections: Rise in empty propaganda indicates worrisome trend

LUMPS OF tar mar the sand at a beach in Ashdod after an offshore oil spill polluted much of Israel’s Mediterranean shoreline last week.

Israel must increase its maritime awareness in light of recent oil spill

By SHAUL CHOREV
 A GENERAL view of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City last year.

How Biden should handle Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - opinion

By LIOR LEHRS , NIMROD GOREN
 PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT Mahmoud Abbas hands the election decree to chairman of the Palestinian Central Election Committee Hana Naser in Ramallah in January 2021.

How Palestinian elections will impact Israel - opinion

FOUNDING PRIME MINISTER David Ben-Gurion in conversation with US president John F. Kennedy, 1961

Why the Left struggles on the Israel question - opinion

A MEDICAL TEAM is seen working at the new biological emergency unit dedicated to COVID-19 at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, in Jerusalem, last year.

Emergency departments in public hospitals must be strengthened - opinion

By AZIZ DARAWSHA
BLACK LIVES matter to Jews. A rabbi carries a sign supporting Black Lives Matter at a rally in Washington.

Black Lives Matter: Listen to Biden, reject hatred from Sarsour - opinion

A man enters the main branch of Bank Hapoalim, Israel's biggest bank, in Tel Aviv, Israel July 18, 2016. Picture taken July 18, 2016

Why now is the time to invest in enhancing customer experience

By DUDU LEVY REICH
President Reuven Rivlin is seen at the 90th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Etzel.

Rivlin hosts 90th anniversary of founding Irgun Zvai Leumi (Etzel)

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder

A NATO for the Middle East

MK YAIR LAPID: Arab parties deserve being part of decision-making process.

Yesh Atid's Yair Lapid willing to cooperate with Arab parties

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, also known as BDS.

German ‘cultural leaders’ and the anti-anti boycott campaign - comment

Letters

Letters to the editor, March 1, 2021: Why the Left has been left bereft

ISRAELI PASSENGERS arrive home after an emergency flight to Ben-Gurion Airport on February 3.

Our government cares only about its own power - opinion

A face mask is seen on the bust of David Ben-Gurion at Ben-Gurion Airport.

Protektzia at the airport: solidarity’s antithesis - Analysis

Israelis are seen boarding the light rail on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem after the coronavirus lockdown ends, on February 8, 2021.

Government rules on the coronavirus have been a farce

Israeli, LGBTQ flag

Equality must be upheld by the Israeli court - opinion

Labor leader Merav Michaeli affixes a Mezuza outside her party's new campaign headquarters

Israeli Elections: A labor of love? - comment

ISRAELI JOURNALIST Avishay Ben Haim speaks at 2019’s international Municipal Innovation Conference in Tel Aviv.

Israel should use its innovation to become the world’s problem solver

By LEA LANDMAN , ESTHER WALKER
SYRIAN PRESIDENT Bashar Assad addresses members of his country’s parliament in Damascus in August.

The case for a Syrian democratic republic - comment

GIDEON LEVY speaks during a radio interview in 2019.

The harmful effect of despair on Israel’s Left - opinion

ALEKSANDER LADOS

The role of Polish diplomats in saving Jews - comment

By MORDECAI PALDIEL
THE MUNICIPALITY is keen for Jerusalemites to get out and about over the Purim weekend.

Purim: A four-point plan for embracing uncertainty - comment

Hundreds of Fellowship volunteers visit 1,500 lonely elderly on Purim

Hugging and kissing during Purim - comment

By CLAUDINE KORALL
The Trump National Doral golf resort is shown in Doral, Florida, U.S., March 18, 2019

Why are Jews attracted to Florida?

By KEN GRUBER
DEFENSE MINISTER Benny Gantz attends the first cabinet meeting of the new government at the Chagall Hall in the Knesset on May 24.

Israel Elections: Amid calls to drop out, Gantz faces his moment of truth

Kleenex coronavirus mask

What high priest’s holy garments teach on importance of masks - opinion

By RABBI EMILY COHEN/JTA
GERMAN PRESIDENT Frank Walter Steinmeier is greeted by President Reuven Rivlin during a visit to Jerusalem in 2017.

Grapevine February 26, 2021: Former yeshiva student in the House of Lords

THEN-US VICE-PRESIDENT Joe Biden shakes hands with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah in 2016.

Palestinian lies, American delusions on solving the conflict - opinion

THE EMPTY departures hall at Ben-Gurion Airport this week. When will the skies open up and how long will it take until traveling is safe?

Israel needs to clarify what's happening with the airport

MUGSY BOGUES (center), the NBA’s shortest player ever, in action in 1999. While basketball has gone small, the investing world has gone the opposite direction.

NBA has gone small: Should your portfolio? - opinion

By AARON KATSMAN
US. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen holds a news conference following the two-day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) policy meeting in Washington March 16, 2016.

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s international tax policy

By LEON HARRIS
IRANIANS CELEBRATE the 42nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Tehran earlier this month. US President Joe Biden’s administration must ensure that this Iranian aggression and defiance toward the US never happens again.

Biden should leverage Trump's successes for Middle East's future - opinion

‘THERE IS less access, let’s face it.’ Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Mariano Grossi ahead of a virtual IAEA Board of Governors meeting at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna last year.

Iran deal: Insufficient diplomatic strength to stop Tehran - opinion

SUPPORTERS OF Defense Minister Benny Gantz rally outside his home in Rosh Ha’ayin on Tuesday.

Israel Elections: Stop blaming Gantz, unite to fight the Right - opinion

THE FAMOUS KKL-JNF blue box is promoted by a rather tall and lanky David Ben-Gurion impersonator on Independence Day in Tel Aviv in 2009.

Supporting the KKL-JNF’s Judea and Samaria policies - opinion

PURIM MAY be all about simcha, but happiness may be elusive for a lot of us this year.

Coronavirus Purim: Lessons learned from the pandemic - opinion

By ZVI GLUCK
PURIM IS the time for a party, with good-value wine. The Selected brand of Carmel Winery is nearly 50 years old.

Purim, Passover: Israeli wines to celebrate victory, freedom - opinion

STUDENTS OF the Derech Haavot School in Efrat prepare 2,000 food baskets this week from donations collected for needy families.

Purim: Giving to the poor is the most important act - opinion

By DAVID FINE , AVROHOM LEVENTHAL
From the world ceremony marking "day of salvation and liberation" at the Western Wall.

Purim: The first attempted Holocaust - opinion

By MOSHE LEBEL
Manfred Gerstenfeld.

Remembering Manfred Gerstenfeld - Jewish renaissance man

By GERALD M. STEINBERG
YEMENITE JEWS near their tents in Israel in 1949.

Israel still must apologize for the Yemenite Children's Affair

SHIRA ISAKOV (right) arrives earlier this week for a Beersheba court hearing of Aviad Moshe, who tried to murder her in Mitzpe Ramon a few months ago.

The arbitrary, dangerous practices of Israel's rabbinical courts - opinion

By JUDITH GARSON DJEMAL
Israelis Hadar Goldin, Oron Shaul, Avera Mengistu and Hisham Al-Sayed being held by Hamas in Gaza

'Squeezing' Hamas will not bring captive Israelis home - opinion

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