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

Bibi, stop appeasing the villains and start gaining more true friends

Armenians, Kurds, Yazidis like us. Supporting them will be just and must be profitable. Now begin acknowledging their histories without reserve or censure and supporting their national aspirations in word and deed.

The presidents of Russia, the US and Egypt and the Pope happen to like Jews — use it. Not by trying to appease them (you don’t need to) but by demanding that they shape up: stop attacking GLBTQs in their own counties, stop trying to rule over other countries, etc. They like you! Use it.

ISIS, the King of Jordan and the Presidents of Turkey, Syria and the PA don’t like Jews or Israel. Let them go stuff themselves. It’s their loss. Ignore them. Israel by now has enough friends. We do not need to beg anyone anymore. We do not need to appease anyone anymore. We do not need to be anyone’s puppet or doll anymore. We’re free!

Instead of trying to appease the rulers of Saudi Arabia, governments of the EU and who knows who else, let them come to us, eager to be counted among our allies. As you know, we have so much to offer.

Ignore the villains like the juntas of Iran, the Lebanon and Gaza. Let our allies deal with them. They won’t get the same attacks as us when they sort them out. And it may help their repressed populations to get rid of their oppressors.

Make your mind up and make the shift! We were held hostage for millennia by other nations, including after our UN-backed declaration of independence. They toyed with us as their plaything. When their rulers came under attack, they accused us so that they could keep themselves out of range. No more!

We have become free to do what is right and become an unrestrained benevolent political world power.

Yes, we were chained up for a long time but the shackles fell off. We’ve broken free! Notice it. Celebrate. Act on it.

You don’t believe it? Don’t believe me – try it. Try if the ice is thick enough. It is.

Mazal tov. Shehechayanu vekiyemanu vehigi’anu lazeman haze!

This blog post was prepared before Shabbat so that it could go up shortly after the Day of Rest.

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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