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

Bibi, if you want to win, shut up about the polls, press or police

Some say that Netanyahu might still lose if he makes a few big mistakes. That is false as he regularly makes big mistakes and no one gives a hoot.

I even suspect him of blundering on purpose like bosses in large cooperations do. They do things that are really bad or stupid or immoral (or better, have a sub-boss working under them who does that for them). The people who object are then fired (very handy when the trouble-makers rush forward to identify themselves) after which the problem is quickly resolved.

But whatever the case, there are rules how sitting government leaders win elections. Rule number one: you don’t need to do anything. Be the best leader you can be, appear on TV often and you get reelected.

The biggest problem is when you initiate anything. People may not like it. So don’t come with big ideas or statements. Do your job, smile to the camera and your victory is certain.

Your voters also don’t care when you get slandered, maligned, accused, indicted or even convicted. So stop attacking the police and the media.

Let all the others scream scandal, insult others and lie. But why you too?

Besides, saying that you won’t quit when indicted, enlarges the chance that you actually will get charged. But if you’d say, I just might quit when prosecuted, the AG may decide that indictment is too big a punishment in light of the uncertainties of an eventual conviction.

If you’re tired of the job, quit. But if you want to continue, please control your tongue and stop obstructing your success. This is an easy win, remember?

The Rabbis teach famously (in four terse words), If you try to grab much, you might end up holding nothing. Shut up and sail towards victory.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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 He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will.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. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * 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, 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. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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