Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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All the presidents, men

I don’t like to repeat myself, but who’s going to read my old blog posts?

Now, some say that Netanyahu should become Israel’s next president to break the no-Netanyahu/only-Netanyahu deadlock for PM and prevent a fifth round of elections in 54 months. Brilliant, no? No, no way.

There was a gentlemen’s agreement that Ashkenazic and Mizrachi people would take turns for the presidency. It was not to be.

Katzav was a token Mizrachi one. A backbencher no one ever heard of, just put there to offset Aryeh Deri being sent to jail. One knew of Katzav’s sexual history and that he could easily be disposed of and disgraced. He was known as a womanizer. And indeed, in the course of his term, he was tried, removed, and jailed for rape. The prosecutor ‘happened to be’ Mizrachi too. Pride in ‘their’ president among the Mizrachim turned into shame. It was an intricate trick, once again, to show the Mizrachim their place.

Soon, the much loved and respected President Rivlin’s term will come to an end. Ashkenazic candidates are lining up already, totally in concert with their White factual privilege and imagined entitlement. The chutzpa!

Israel’s next president must be Mizrachi. Any other outcome is racist.

It must be noted that President Rivlin, before he was elected, was already a known anti-racist and he has not disappointed. He has done good work uniting the country, speaking and acting out against blatant and subtle racism consistently and continually. However, that’s not enough anymore.

A Sea of Ashkenazic Men

Yes, men. Nothing wrong with men (almost). But also nothing wrong with women. And again, they would need to take a step backward to appease yet another male, Netanyahu, or intrigues between men? No way. He can wait his turn! Hard? Women have been waiting their turn forever.

Anno 2021, it must be a woman too. PM Golda Meir was Israel’s real token woman leader. And she was scapegoated for a war failure. There is so much everyday normalized sexism in Israel, the next president must be a woman. Men can be allies, as I try to be, and should stand with and speak for women. But we must do so alongside women–not instead of them!

Only a Mizrachi Woman

Obama did not end racism in the US. Worse, he was followed by Trump, the self-proclaimed ‘least racist person in the world.’ But maybe the contrast between Trump and Obama has helped foster the national awareness that revived the Black Lives Matter movement.

An Israeli Mizrachi woman president will not end sexism or racism in Israel. But her presence and personality certainly will help. Just by showing women’s and Mizrachi excellence at everything. Her mere presidency might stimulate that once, head of Israel’s police force would be a woman. That more is done against sexual assault, by strangers, in the home, and among friends. That racism against Ethiopians is stopped more. To better help stop violence in the Arab street and get more integration and cooperation between Arab-Muslim and Arab-Jewish Israelis.

To those who want to object: ‘How dare you suggest that any Ashkenazi or any man is a priori disqualified?’ I will say: ‘How dare you suggest that any Mizrachi and woman is a priori disqualified?’ No one is disqualified, but for once, the over-privileged can wait their turn.

If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu. Enough with blatant racism and sexism already! Yet another Ashkenazi and/or man as Israel’s head of state is unbearable–no matter how excellent s/he might be.

Prospective Candidates

Some are economically or nationally (left-wing or right-wing) so extreme that they could never unite the country. But their ego thinks they can.

The candidates, so far, I have heard of:

Ashkenazi males:

  • Former MK Yehuda Glick.
  • Jewish Agency head Isaac Herzog is expected to run.
  • Professor Dan Shechtman.
  • Minister of Health Yuli Edelstein.
  • I expect disgraced PM Ehud Olmert to announce his candidacy too.
  • PM Netanyahu.

Mizrachi males:

  • Professor Shimon Shetreet, undeservedly passed over last time.
  • Minister of Economy Amir Peretz.

An Ashkenazi female:

  • Former Supreme Court Judge Dalia Dorner.

Mizrachi females:

  • Speaker of the Knesset Dalia Itzik was already acting president.
  • Miriam Peretz.

Now is the time to start harping against male and Ashkenazic privilege! Please, join and let our voice swell to a choir. Enough is enough. Our goal should be to ingrain that not choosing a female and Mizrachi is indecent.

I expect Yehuda Glick, Isaac Herzog, Dan Shechtman, Yuli Edelstein, Ehud Olmert, Bibi Netanyahu, Shimon Shetreet, Amir Peretz, and Dalia Dorner, in unison, to express their preference for Dalia Itzik, or Miriam Peretz.

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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