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

Bennett for Health Minister!

I understand why Netanyahu doesn’t want Bennett

The new PM doesn’t need the health minister or his party in his new cabinet. And he knows Bennett. It’s a good hard-working guy but he has a principled opinion about everything and with leave in a few months anyway — about whatever issue. So Netanyahu can better now give the portfolios already to the parties who will stay in the government.

Bennett doesn’t see the issue. Nobody wants to be the new Health Minister. Why could he not continue?

The truth is a bit broader than Bennett spoke about. His party doesn’t want to sit in such a middle-of-the-road administration. Seen from where they look, it’s a left-wing cabinet.

And then there is something more serious. Bennett said that you can’t make the leader of the national labor federation into the finance minister. A socialist, that’s terrible! Bennett doesn’t seem to understand the concept of compromise. How can you expect left-wing parties to sit a government if they have nothing to decide?

And, Bennett didn’t learn from the past or doesn’t trust Bibi. But the latter knows exactly what he is doing. He’s doing it at every formation. “You want finance, I’ll give you finance. You want defense, I’ll give you defense.”

Then, there are two possibilities. The ‘let’s give more money to the people’ guy succeeds and Bibi says: “Great team I made.” Or he can’t get anything done and next elections he says: “They were in charge and only messed up.” The ‘we need to be more hawkish’ guy succeeds and Bibi says: “Great team I made.” Or he can’t get anything done and next elections he says: “They were in charge, they’re full of talk but only messed up.” Win-win.

I recommend that Netanyahu asks Bennett to be Health Minister after all. For that, his party doesn’t need to sit in the coalition. Call out his bluff. Does a great job? Will reflect well on Bibi and is good for the country. Bennett declines or messes up, great for Bibi too. Win-win.

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 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. 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. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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