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

A totally different two-state solution

You want us thinking outside of the box
Elinor (Jewish) and Salma (Muslim) become friends on the Israeli TV show “Master Chef” source: Mako
Elinor (Jewish) and Salma (Muslim) become friends on the Israeli TV show “Master Chef” source: Mako

There are so many Gentiles living on Jordan’s west bank that they supposedly threaten the democratic majority that Jews should have in the only Jewish State in the world. But clearly, the West Bank is part of Israel proper for anyone who ever read the Hebrew Bible.

Why not make a separate State on the West Bank, but not a democratic “Palestinian State.” There is much too much centuries-old hatred for Jews around to have that succeed.

What democratic Arab States could you name? Ah, none? So maybe the State on the West Bank should be a second Jewish State that is also not democratic. But it would educate toward democracy, modernity, respect for life and Jews, and non-violence.

Local Muslim politicians that understand democracy should be trained and voted for as soon as possible. They must be competent and fluent in democracy, modernity, respect for life and Jews, and non-violence.

Jewish West Bank villages/cities would fall under democratic Israel.

As soon as Gaza is liberated from its junta, Gaza and the West Bank could unite.

The inhabitant would enjoy freedom of speech, press, and assembly, and be governed without need to pay bribes or protection moneys.

There would be plenty of employment and prosperity.

Policing could be done by Egypt in exchange for free Israeli gas.

Public administration will be done by Israeli Muslims from democratic Israel (like Muslim IDF soldiers) who already have excellent relationships with Jews, completed by Jewish governors with excellent relationships with Muslims.

They will be very constantly, closely, and critically followed by press and police and those abusing their power or the people they need to lead, would be stiffly punished and replaced. What a nice way for West Bank Arabs to see firsthand what fine people Jews and their friends are.

I’m not so worried that Muslims would outnumber Jews. (Contrary to politically motivated lies, Jewish birth rates — even among the not-so-religious — have since long already passed Muslim birth rates.)

Most importantly, the land is wide enough for both Jews and Gentiles to live together when there’s peace and harmony between them. Especially when Jordan’s liberated from its Hashemite occupation and added to the mix. (Then there is also place to absorb the Palestinian-Muslim exile.)

The Sages note that when a couple is at peace, it can sleep in a bed as wide as a hair; when there is strife, no width will suffice. Besides, no Jew would live in a valley (much too dangerous) and no Muslim would live on a mountain top (much to hot in summer and cold in winter. Perfect!

No Two-State Solution. Two or three Jewish States, to unite eventually as the United States of Palestine (USI is already taken by India).

Would you have a better plan that works?

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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