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

Bibi lost and is determined to keep doing so

PM Netanyahu, with all the good he has done for the country, who seemed invincible, has lost and has lost it. Not everything he touches turns to gold anymore. Worst thing: he and his party don’t know it yet. Let’s return briefly to when the downfall started.

After he got into a fight with Defense Minister Lieberman, the latter quit and Netanyahu was left with a coalition of 61. He didn’t need to call for elections. He still had the majority of seats. But as so often, he had his eyes on an opportunity to receive a larger base for his government. He called for unnecessary early elections.

There was big hype over that he won. Actually, a competing centrist party almost won — it was a narrow escape. But after all negotiations were over and done with, without Lieberman, he was down to 60 seats for a coalition. But … now he’s dreaming of new success.

He’s going to invite the New Right to join the Likud that will become then even larger. And also Kulanu. But it’s all treading water. Kulanu is already inside the 60. And the New Right, he gobbled up by his campaign against small rightwing parties just days before the last elections. He could even unite with the Hareidi parties. He’ll still end up with 60 seats.

If anything, Lieberman’s party will only grow from the voters appreciating him for standing by his principles. The more the media and other politicians trash him, the more support he’ll get. And so, the right will end up with even less than 60 seats not counting him in.

Bibi gave us TWO unnecessary elections in 2019. Costs: one billion shekels. (It’s not a one-billion loss to the economy. It’s money to be spent here. But it’s a bite out of the national budget that we’d have loved to spend differently. There should be a law that nothing made for an election can be thrown away until the next one. All the printed paper and cartons.)

There is clearly no future anymore for the ultra-right and ultra-religious parties in the administration. There’s only one way left, a centrist government without all the extremes.

I don’t know how many elections it would take. I don’t know if Bibi can head such a centrist government because his attempt to do so three hours before the deadline blundered. I don’t know if first the Likud needs to split into a centrist and a rightwing fraction. But inevitably, we’re heading for a centrist government.

I just hope that that doesn’t mean that we’d go through another deadly “peace process” because of it. Because peace will only come when the Arab Nation gives up on Jew-hatred in exchange for prosperity. It’s their turn after our Land for Peace has so utterly failed. Let’s suggest their Hatred for Cash. (For that, we don’t need to give up on anything because the money won’t be ours. Prosperity for everyone will simply come from not investing in hatred anymore.)

Let’s pray for peace.

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, 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. * 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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