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.

Passover: The stubborn people vs a stubborn virus

The plague of the coronavirus has been indiscriminate: Every man, woman and child, in every country, of every religion, is a potential target of this calamitous pandemic.

By YIGAL MARCUS
07/04/2020
Media bias during the coronavirus outbreak - opinion

Media consumers presume, at the most basic level, that the media will inform them of the news using the most basic of tools, the four Ws: Who, What, When, Where and Why.

By YISRAEL MEDAD , ELI POLLAK
07/04/2020
I’ve had Seder in isolation, and this is my message of hope

More than 10 years have passed, but I can still smell the bleached sterility of Rambam Hospital’s bone marrow transplant ward

By YAEL PEARLMAN
07/04/2020
This Passover, pack your Coronasederette with Zionist thinkers – opinion

Beyond being the ultimate peoplehood people and freedom fighters, Zionists deftly transform traumas into opportunities.

07/04/2020
Grapevine April 8, 2020: Boomerang diplomacy

Movrs and shakers in Israeli society.

I’ve had Seder in isolation, and this is my message of hope

There is no doubting that Passover, and especially Seder this year, will be very tough. But I hope it will serve as a source of inspiration for us all, and as we always say, “Next year in Jerusalem."

By YAEL PEARLMAN
07/04/2020
Bat Galim Shaer
Coronavirus isn’t the only threat dividing Jews: Here’s a way we can unite

“Worldwide” doesn’t seem so wide anymore as we have entered a state of isolation.

By BAT-GALIM SHAER
07/04/2020
HAREDIM GATHER en masse in Bnei Brak. Is their leadership’s political model sustainable?
Don't scapegoat the haredim for the coronavirus crisis

Pictures of haredim holding large weddings after the government prohibited gathering of more than 10 people are maddening, But so, too, were photos of crowded Tel Aviv beaches.

The world can overcome the coronavirus crisis by working together

Globalization cannot be halted. Epidemics were never stemmed by isolation.

By ROEE KIBRIK
06/04/2020
Coronavirus leaves Jewish communities without Jews for Passover

Just like coronavirus has affected almost every single person, so too has the Internet response.

By MICAH D. HALPERN
06/04/2020
Coronavirus: Modern states and the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic – opinion

Despite significant scientific evidence and extensive predictions, not one Western democracy was prepared to deal with the coronavirus flare-up.

By FRED NAIDER
06/04/2020
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for a speech at his Jerusalem office, regarding th
Guarding against authoritarianism – opinion

Reality Check: Thankfully, the police criticized the policewoman who asked a demonstrator whether he voted Gantz or Bibi

06/04/2020
The coronavirus means that the Health Ministry in - Foreign Ministry out

If the foreign ministry's star is on the decline, after coronavirus, the health ministry's will certainly be on the rise.

07/04/2020
Shipment of eggs arrives at Ashdod Port, April 5, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak and maritime trade to and from Israel

Despite the severe impact of the coronavirus on the Israeli economy and the Israeli industry sector, Israeli ports continue to function reasonably well.

By CHOREV SHAUL , ALEX GERSON
06/04/2020
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, March 4, 2020
Schizophrenic US policy on Iran undermines Soleimani's liquidation

Any lifting of sanctions, as suggested by the administration, is likely to result in smuggling and abuse by the Iranian authorities

By IRINA TSUKERMAN
06/04/2020
Cables and computers are seen inside a data centre at an office in the heart of the financial distri
Israel adopted technology that will enable the economy's growth

Digital transformation, the leading global business strategy for the last five years, relies on and is driven by three main technologies: artificial intelligence, robotics and the Internet of things.

By TOMER SIMON
06/04/2020
Basij volunteer sprays disinfectant as he sanitizes bus station, amid coronavirus fears in Iran
Iran's coronavirus response shows where the regime's priorities lie

Despite the Iranian leadership’s misplaced values and egregious actions, the international community continues to turn a blind eye to blatant humanitarian abuses of the regime.

By NOAH PHILLIPS
06/04/2020
Donald Trump is correct on Middle East policy – opinion

Trump’s counter-terrorism efforts command plaudits for their success and resourcefulness. Despite previously operating a caliphate the size of Britain, ISIS-controlled territory exists no more.

By JORDAN COPE
06/04/2020
Real estate market
Coronavirus: Should real estate investors panic in the pandemic?

While the majority of hi-tech projects seeking funding have hit a snooze button, real estate projects must continue.

By YAEL TAMAR
06/04/2020
A Seder supplement in the age of coronavirus

During these days we are instructed to wash our hands over and over and over. As we do so at the Seder this year, we can recite the following prayer.

By AVRAHAM AVI WEISS
06/04/2020
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, March 4, 2020
US policy on Iran undermines the message of Soleimani's liquidation

Particularly welcome was the strong position against Iran's nuclear ambitions and regional hegemony.

By IRINA TSUKERMAN
06/04/2020
About the government, Litzman and the future

The problems that Likud, Shas, United Torah Judaism and Yamina have with the unity government is primarily that there are only 15-17 ministerial posts for them to share among themselves.

Marketplace: We will bounce back from the coronavirus

All nations are today undergoing extreme stress. In the past, Israel has had more than its share and has had a lot of practice in social resilience.

By SHLOMO MAITAL
06/04/2020
A cityscape of Tel Aviv is seen during the night-time in Israel May 27, 2017
2020 a Lost Year for global hi-tech industry - analysis

Coronavirus has brought the ‘Start-up Nation’ to a near-standstill.

By DR. VILLY ABRAHAM / THE MEDIA LINE
06/04/2020
(From right to left) Congressman Gregory Meeks; Governor Andrew Cuomo, UJA CEO Eric Goldstein; Senat
The other deadly disease

Every death is a tragedy, but with the ever-mounting number of fatalities from the novel coronavirus one particularly tragic loss last week was largely overlooked.

New Labour Party leader Keir Starmer
What does Starmer's election as Labour leader mean for British Jewry?

Jewish MPs were hounded from their party, and some Jewish families contemplated leaving the country if Corbyn won the December 2019 election. It is natural to feel relief that Corbyn has gone.

By JON MENDELSOHN
06/04/2020
World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder speaks at the Jerusalem Post Conference in 2019
Passover and the power of Jewish resilience

A passover message from the President of the World Jewish Congress

A banner depicts Benny Gantz, leader of Blue and White party, and Israel Prime minister Benjamin Net
A political crisis amid COVID-19 should (and could) have been avoided

In the past, Israeli politicians have also prioritized Israel’s welfare over party politics and formed unity governments in the face of national crises.

By DAPHNÉ RICHEMOND-BARAK
05/04/2020
US President Franklin D. Roosevelt meets with King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia, on board the U.S. Navy
The Saudis, the Jews and FDR’s dog

On March 10, 1945, several weeks after meeting, Ibn Saud wrote to Roosevelt, asking him to oppose the continued development of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

Passover bingo, the coronavirus quarantine edition

As we figure out how to hold seders while under quarantine, there undoubtedly will be moments of stress and even sadness. Hopefully there will be moments of happiness and some laughter, too.

By BETH KANTER/JTA
05/04/2020
A man, who flew back from Spain, is seen on the balcony of a hotel where he and other passengers wer
Choice: How to benefit from the crisis

It is too early to evaluate the current crisis. Yet, it may be a good opportunity to review our choices up till now and even to consider the day after the crisis.

A patient suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) wears a full-face Easybreath snorkelling mas
Why remote patient monitoring is needed more than ever

Patients should get the best treatment regardless of location or the availability of beds and caregivers.

By OREN GOLDSHTEIN
04/04/2020
How Americans used to prepare for Passover

How will it be to celebrate Passover alone this year?

By DAVID GEFFEN
04/04/2020
An empty classroom
Academia in the time of coronavirus

Challenges to the higher education system: Is academia still relevant?

By SHLOMO BIDERMAN
04/04/2020
Yuli Edelstein and the struggle for Israel’s democracy

The implosion of the Blue and White Party clearly demonstrates why the High Court’s impulsive intervention was wrong, and explains why Edelstein’s resignation was a wise decision.

04/04/2020
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Useless homes

Instead of building new useless homes, the members of the pending coalition from Likud and Blue and White should be thinking about what they can personally do to serve as role models for the public.

A Palestinian man herds sheep near the Israel-Gaza border fence in the southern Gaza Strip, February
Diplomacy after the coronavirus

There will be changes in most of our professions, including that of the diplomat. The struggle between traditional and modern diplomacy will end with the unconditional victory of the latter.

By MICHAEL BRODSKY
04/04/2020
Tracing the Exodus from Egypt with wine

I suggest that for each of the four cups of wine, you choose a winery from a different region of Israel.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
03/04/2020
Is the coronavirus all bad news?

Public transportation and urbanization may be the long-term victims of a post-corona world, and there might be some beneficiaries as well.

By ELKANA PRESSLER
03/04/2020
Those were the days, before corona

“You don’t know what you’ve got – especially the mundane stuff – till it’s gone.”

03/04/2020
My corona silver lining

Despite the overwhelming negatives that come with the coronavirus pandemic, I have managed to find a few positives.

By CAROL UNGAR
03/04/2020
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the nation on the coronavirus outbreak, March 19, 2020
Boosting the economy in the coronavirus outbreak

If Israel’s economy is to bounce back after the corona crisis, the new government under Netanyahu, Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and the new finance minister must come up with a specific proposal

An accountant [illustrative photo]
Knee deep in Pesach Cleaning: Your financial exodus

The Passover holiday celebrates our freedom from slavery. Why not take advantage of this time of year and get yourself out from fiscal slavery and become financially independent?

By AARON KATSMAN
03/04/2020
Calculating taxes
Incoming economic package for Israeli economy battered by coronavirus

There may be months exemption from municipal tax (arnona) for businesses regarding March-May.

By LEON HARRIS
02/04/2020
Hillel's Tech Corner: BetterHelp, needed now more than ever

We are social creatures, and whether we are introverts or extroverts, we need social interactions at some level to maintain our normalcy and not lose our minds.

02/04/2020
PM Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with European leaders about coronavirus, March 2020
World powers turn to Israel for coronavirus pandemic leadership example

We went from passing out fliers and hanging election banners to in-home isolations, Zoom conference calls and early Passover cleaning.

IDF challenge: Balancing military preparedness with health emergency roles

The IDF accordingly elevated its readiness to one level above normal last week, and is requiring soldiers to follow social distancing and quarantine regulations

Coronavirus: When Israel’s 'everything will be ok' mindset hits the fan

Israel lost its way in recent decades and enabled a free fall in the number of hospital beds per capita.

Don’t build a wall around the haredim – opinion

This novel coronavirus crisis – which has not yet peaked – will have major repercussions for the ultra-Orthodox public.

Goldin Shaul soldiers
Coronavirus: The imperative for reciprocity of humanitarian aid

To this day, Hamas continues to hold his remains, presumably as a bargaining chip to extract political concessions.

To be honored as an elder in Israel: aging in the time of corona

Under stress, Europe is reverting to its long history of deeming some groups worthy of life; others, not so much. Happily, Israel is not Europe.

Border Police go about coronavirus inspections in Mea Shearim, a haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem.
It's not just the ultra-Orthodox that Israel has neglected

Israel can no longer afford the purposeful and self-destructive sectarianism of its minority communities

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened of a total lockdown as coronavirus infects 2,369 Israel
Ehud Olmert to 'Post': Netanyahu must stop with the scare tactics

Bibi must leave, and Gantz and Ashkenazi must return to their party. The masses of the House of Israel who are strong and healthy, and full of energy and goodwill, must be allowed to return to work.

02/04/2020
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman asks: Why a virus?

Under these extraordinary circumstances, anyone, and certainly a believer and amateur theologian like me, could be excused for searching for an underlying divine message.

A spirit of wars and Passovers past in the fight against coronavirus

This – unconventional – war will eventually be over and disputes will be renewed, but there have definitely been changes, different priorities and a chance for new alliances.

An employee of German biopharmaceutical company CureVac, demonstrates research workflow on a vaccine
No coronavirus vaccine can inoculate against anti-vaxxers

As the world ails, the movement against vaccinations is alive and well.

02/04/2020
The Jewish paradox of the coronavirus

Everything we do in our national and religious identity is about gathering. Jews, and especially Israelis, do everything in groups.

02/04/2020
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures after speaking to supporters following the announ
To Bibi or not To Bibi? That was the question

Had it not been for the corona crisis, a Jerusalem courtroom would already now be the venue for “The State of Israel vs. Benjamin Netanyahu”

By PAUL GROSS
02/04/2020
Millions of Americans say coronavirus a ‘wake-up call’ from God

A stunning 44% of Americans polled said they see “the global coronavirus pandemic and economic meltdown” as “a wake-up call for us to turn back to faith in God,” as “signs of coming judgment."

Yemeni who survived the war tells of newest struggle with coronavirus

If you have already gone through hell, you should be exempt from new trials. But this is not the case and we are in this together

By NADIA AL-SAKKAF/THE MEDIA LINE
02/04/2020
A sign is seen down a London street regarding self isolation as the spread of the coronavirus diseas
Is coronavirus a force majeure event?

Force majeure provisions offer relief from performing contractual obligations.

By STEPHEN WRIGHT/ADAM KELLY/DAVID BOOTH
02/04/2020
Coronavirus: Israel’s ultra-Orthodox endanger the public – opinion

Litzman’s failure to deal with this crisis without invoking his own biases is inexcusable, and he should be held responsible for consequences of the spread of coronavirus.

A MUSLIM and a Jew work together to care for young adults with autism in ‘The Specials.’
World Autism Day: Coronavirus is a call for humane solutions

People with autism who are nonverbal and low functioning, sadly, may find themselves hospitalized and heavily medicated on locked wards of psychiatric hospitals.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened of a total lockdown as coronavirus infects 2,369 Israel
Coronavirus: Sow hope, not only fear

The public should be mature enough to understand that no government anywhere has a magic wand that can make COVID-19 suddenly disappear. Such an expectation is juvenile.

Giuseppe Alberti, Alleged martyrdom of Simonino da Trento, 1677, oil on canvas, Trento, Castello del
Steps against a blood libel that is still bleeding – opinion

The horrifying story of Simon of Trent not only resulted in the torture and execution of the local Jewish community, its imagery provoked a widespread surge in antisemitic violence throughout Europe.

Coronavirus crisis opens opportunity for shifting Israeli foreign policy

The coronavirus crisis is a strategic crossroads for renewed solidarity, initiatives and cooperation in the regional and international arena.

Danon to 'Post': Sanctions on Iran must not be lifted for coronavirus

For years, the regime has diverted international aid money intended to help its people. It plundered the cash windfall from the nuclear agreement, choosing to spend it on its regional terror network.

01/04/2020
Coronavirus: Trump puts his need for adoration over the public health

Glory runs from Trump as he runs from the truth. He and the truth are not on speaking terms.

Israeli left
The missed opportunity for those left on the Israeli Left – opinion

Israel needs a vibrant and kicking Left based on partnership and equality.

Coronavirus: Aliyah should become a national priority, especially now

Despite the coronavirus outbreak, more than 900 new olim have arrived in Israel since the beginning of March.

By DAVID FINE
01/04/2020
Virtual Campus, Real Hate

A complaint was filed with the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights by an NYU student who charged that the university tolerated “extreme antisemitism” to fester on campus,

By DANIEL S. MARIASCHIN
01/04/2020
‘Gratitude is the highest Jewish value, the mountain’s summit of virtue.’
Honor your parents, the Bible’s hardest commandment

Gratitude is the highest Jewish value, the mountain’s summit of virtue.

A closed talmudic school in the ultra orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Meah Shearim, following the go
Coronavirus: A worldwide tragedy

Coronavirus returns us to our most basic values. We are home with our families, little or no international travel, little to no international trade.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
31/03/2020
Thank you, Benny Gantz

Gantz's introverted demeanor and businesslike attitude worked in the military but did not fit the prototypical image of a prime ministerial candidate

By ARI HAROW
31/03/2020
HAREDIM GATHER en masse in Bnei Brak. Is their leadership’s political model sustainable?
Bnei Brak

With more than 570 cases, the ultra-Orthodox city has more than 10% of the country’s nearly 5,000 cases.

A banner depicts Benny Gantz, leader of Blue and White party, and Israel Prime minister Benjamin Net
Benny Gantz: The sorcerer’s apprentice

Yair Lapid claims Gantz blinked and caved – actually, Gantz saluted and stood tall.

31/03/2020
Letters
Letters to the Editor: April 1, 2020

Readers of The Jerusalem Post have their say.

The approaching unity government: a lesser evil

This is Netanyahu’s only option to form a government with a comfortable majority immediately, which is urgent because he cannot go on dealing with the health and economic crises without a budget.

"Blue Box", charity (tzedakah) box of the Jewish National Fund, model 2006
Philanthropy in time of the global coronavirus pandemic – opinion

All over the world, people are losing their jobs, and this will affect the global economy. But most of all it will hurt those who are already in a position of few opportunities.

By BOAZ OZERY
30/03/2020
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz (L) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) sit in front of Pres
A unity government, but at what cost?

Over 20% of Israelis are unemployed these days due to the coronavirus. A new government should be working to help them find jobs, not working to find jobs for itself.

IDFWO’s “Otzma Quarantine Camp”
How to cope with the stress associated with the coronavirus

Even if one is aware of the alternative outcomes, it is hard to predict what will eventually occur to the individual.

By MENI KOSLOWSKY
30/03/2020
Scotland hopes to avoid the worst of coronavirus – opinion

If you don’t work in the health or care sector, it’s just this invisible threat.

By TIM KNOWLES
30/03/2020
Beating coronavirus together, city by city – opinion

This global uncertainty affects us all. People around the world are looking for an anchor to give them security and stability. This role can, and must, be filled by local mayors and municipal leaders

30/03/2020
A poster with a portrait of Chinese President Xi Jinping is displayed along a street in Shanghai, Ch
China’s people of faith: Canaries in Xi Jinping’s coal mine

Thanks to the coronavirus, a sickened world is taking a second look at China’s extreme despotism, typified by its policies on religious freedom.

This is the time for conscientious leadership – opinion

Here are some suggestions to help minimize potential negative effects from our current situation.

By NETA VIZEL
30/03/2020
Benny Gantz – the responsible adult of Israeli politics

Today, it is arguable beyond any shadow of a doubt that Benny Gantz, who during all three election campaigns declared "Israel above all," really means it.

By ORI WERTMAN
30/03/2020
Passengers, including Russian citizens, who are evacuated by train to Russia after Ukrainian authori
Post-corona world order: What was, is not what will be

The coronavirus is likely to be remembered as just such an event, changing our lives in a myriad ways

30/03/2020
It is time to end this misguided social experiment, get back to work!

We are not denying that there is great merit to social distancing. However, the mandatory aspects of this grand social experiment must be immediately abolished across the world.

By ROBERT M. SAUER , DONALD S. SIEGEL
29/03/2020
Coronavirus: Stopping the new intruder – opinion

Combating the coronavirus in Jewish communities

By MICHAEL MASTERS
29/03/2020
Haredim protesting the draft law in Jerusalem city center
The coronavirus regulations must be enforced on everyone

If these regulations continue to be flouted, even by a minority, they will likely be made stricter for all.

Glimmers of light in the dark coronavirus tunnel – opinion

What is important is the country’s show of solidarity, a solidarity that uniquely arises in times of crisis.

By OREN SHPILMAN
29/03/2020
An organization blunting the pain of this tragic pandemic

We must not abandon the needs of those living in the settlements.

By ANDREW MILSTEIN
29/03/2020
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