Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

A new Israeli political party for hope and integrity

Don’t look for a new Israeli political party for hope and integrity — it doesn’t exist yet. But boy, is it needed.

Hope and Integrity

Israel and Israelis are known for winning impossible wars. But this was often not accomplished with hope and trust. When there was no way out, we fought — and won — in last desperate efforts.

True, through millennia of barely surviving the Diaspora, we never gave up. But — that’s how it works — now we’re safely back in our homeland, our old despair plays up — and feels as fresh realistic hopelessness. (Desperation is always from the past, never from the future.)

Forty percent of the Israeli electorate doesn’t vote in national elections. The potential there is staggering.

Hope is not enough, though. We also need to notice disgust with the lies of politics. (Political parties almost believing in their own fairytales doesn’t substitute for honesty.)

Politics has never been an area where truth lives. This is compounded in the Middle East where reality and genuineness seem to have passed away long ago. But not from the hearts of the average Israeli voter.


If a new party would be founded expressing optimism and factuality, it would not only draw many votes for itself. It would enlarge all parties. And it would “force” all other parties to be more positive and truthful.

It should be a versatile party, willing to work and compromise with any political block, out to profit Israel. It would be frank and call a spade a spade. It would not stifle detail or compromise under any cloak of militant populist “principles.” It would respectfully disagree with and disengage from all militants on both sides of the aisle.

It would distinguish between terrorist leaders and the majority of their well-meaning constituents. It would believe enough in human goodness to organize that Gentiles in and around Israel learn to respect Jews.

It would not believe that all Arabs should leave Israel and must be humiliated to leave us alone. Nor would it believe the wishful thinking that true safe peace with Arab countries is already possible. Instead, it would employ moderate Arabs to teach the rest to turn hatred into love.

It would not believe that most business owners or trade unions would want all the money without compromise. Even the banks can be guided to share part of their profits with the populous.

I would demand that the majority in all nations (the working class and poor) develop solidarity with the Jews so that we can distance ourselves from those who have held us hostage for the long, the reactionaries and juntas.


Liars and opportunists have had no trouble to band together (and argue together) for decades. It’s high time that honest people start doing the same.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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