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

Beware of the disastrous slippery slope of the Deal of the Century

First, there was annexation and an Arab Palestinian State on condition.

Then, left, right, and center said that they liked part of the plan.

Then the right started talking about annexation as if Trump gave them permission. But in fact, there was already a majority for part annexation before Trump’s plan. Now it’s packaged as if it’s part of the peace plan.

This is very bad because as soon as you now annex one square meter, ‘to be fair,’ the whole world will demand an Arab Palestinian State — overlooking all the preconditions Trump’s team formulated.

Therefore, this Deal of the Century is dangerous. It threatens to realize a terror State on top of the one we have in Gaza, in the very heart of Israel.

We would pay for it for a century. (Is it therefore dubbed ‘Deal of the Century’?!) So it won’t happen. But the result of this ‘peace plan’ is that it encourages the Arab Palestinian Street in their pipedream of uprooting Israel, eggs them on to be violent again, after many years of quiet, and legitimizes anew the whole world pressuring Israel (and for the form also Abbas). That includes Europe that finally had woken up to how virulent antisemitism still is and the US that soon may have an anti-Israel president.

The ‘evenhanded’ vision of the world will be again that democratic Israel should be pressured to provide obligations and the autocratic corrupt Arab Palestinian leadership will be free to broadcast its victimhood and ‘rights.’

This dangerous plan also calls for a ‘four-year’ ‘settlement’ freeze and Trump and his henchmen have now ‘clarified’ that the status quo on the Temple Mount must be maintained and that before the elections, no territory may be annexed. Israel again on America’s leash.

Meanwhile, the Israeli center and left are emboldened again too to work toward an Arab Palestinian State — as if the Rabin/Peres peace process ever did any good, didn’t cost the death and maiming of 1000s of Jews.

Trump and his team are the so-maniest know-it-alls from outside, helped by a Bibi who lost touch, who worsened the situation in the Middle East.

Those who know to pray, please do.

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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