Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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A path to more seats for Gantz, for you and for the gantze mishpoche

The Blue and White Party leader has several thing he can start [and stop] saying that hopefully could enlarge his Knesset representation.

[No more saying that you’re more honest and reliable than Bibi. That doesn’t distinguish you from many other candidates who claim that but are as dishonest as him.] We’re more honest than almost any (former/prospective) parliamentarian.

[No more saying that you’re against Bibi. Who’s not claiming that?] I want to stress that we were the only ones who could stand up to him in deeds instead of wasting your vote by just whining in the opposition.

[No more saying that you contrasts so well with Bibi.] We contrasts so well with the whole of the Left that never takes any responsibility anymore and restricts itself to complaining and “being right.”

[No more attacks on Bibi.] Bibi is right not to trust anyone. And I learned from him to do the same. I thank him for training me the hard way. For teaching me to go slow, never trust a promise, no matter how reasonable, to negotiate ruthlessly, and get everything legislated and on paper.

Let’s point out we’ve shown to be pragmatic and principled, over dogmatic and populist, and hard-working over taking it easy (at your expense).

Don’t look at what everyone says; look at what everyone did, contributed. All the so-called Left-wing parties and all the Right-wing ex-Likud critics (Lieberman, Bennett, Sa’ars) who have such big egos they can’t even sit together in one party. Big mouths, small hands.

Sick of being lied to? You can have a home with us.

Sick of all the drama and whining? You can have a home with us.

Sick of all these men dominating politics? You can have a home with us.

Sick of the only option being for or against Bibi, for the Left or the Right? We’re the political Center. We know to cooperate and not be outsmarted. We’re not just a home for idealists or even realists. We’re the home to people who dare to compromise to have a seat at the table for the people. Instead of a tax-funded expensive seat at the Knesset just to make noises.

The question is not if a party will sit with Bibi. The question is, will it stand up and work effectively for what it believes in? That’s us. We felt forced by circumstance to break our promise and sit with Bibi, but we didn’t betray our political principles or goals. We will continue working for you, not us.

No one may want to sit with us. But they may have no choice if they want to govern. We won’t be picky on partners, only on principles and ideas.

We’re the new Left. We’re the new Right. We’re the new Center. Because we deliver while the others only talk and argue.

Do you like a strong Israel under Bibi? There we agree with him. And as Minister of Defense, I’ve practiced what I’ve preached. The IDF is in top condition, well-practiced, and well-equipped, with more stuff coming.

We deserve to reap the praise and fruits of taking responsibility when others bolted the battlefield. Vote for Blue and White in numbers the pollsters never saw coming. Politics/life is not fair; but you can be.

Do something with the political power you have. Vote for people who will use it to your advantage, not just for their own egos and glory.

Full disclosure: I’m not paid for the above in any way whatsoever, I’m not a member of or contributor to Blue and White, I just like honest people. I have written many blog posts defending Netanyahu against what I saw as unfair or untrue bullying by media or critics. I’m a Likud member for years. Now, I’ll vote Bibi or Benni; not a couch potato with a giant ego and mouth.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, 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 strict vegan since 2008. 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, lehavdil 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, LGBTQIA, 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 quite 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 500th blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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