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

Calling Jordan’s bluff

If Israel incorporates part of the liberated West Bank, Jordan might end its peace treaty with Israel. Oh, we’re all shivering in our boots. But not.

  • How dear could be to us the cold peace that exists between the Jewish State and Jordan occupied by a newly invented royalty?
  • Jordan cannot harm us militarily.
  • Over 99% of Jordanians hate us as only antisemites may.
  • They would lose: the free Jordan water we supply to them, the stream of Israeli tourists to Petra, and intelligence sharing.
  • We would lose nothing. We should tour our own country more.
  • They also buy our gas for a bargain price. Let them end the deal.
  • When Jordan occupied the West Bank, all of two countries recognized the fruits of its aggression. When we recaptured it, we didn’t ask for international approval, having a valid claim.

So, the only ones who profit from the treaty today are the Jordanians.

It’s true that Jordan lets Israeli planes cross its airspace but if it would stop that, Israel would reduce the aggressor to ruble in what would become known as the Three-Day War. The King is not that suicidal.

Jordan has right-now declared that it’s holding a trial against five Palestinian-Arabs who wanted to commit suicide attacks in the liberated West Bank. Frankly, I don’t see any reason to believe any of that.

In a brilliant move, Israel is welcoming Saudi Arabia to begin sharing with Jordan control over Muslim Jerusalem. Saudi Arabia seeks a way out of its international pariah position since murdering a critical journalist in Turkey. And Jordan feels threatened by Turkey moving into its Jerusalem space. Let Jordan and Saudi Arabia compete for our favors!

Remember how common wisdom dictated that if the US would move its embassy to Jerusalem, the region would blow up? Nothing happened.

Most likely, the aggressive stand by the Jordanian dictator is always firstly for home consumption, to show the Palestinians living in camps there without any democratic rights (like work permits) that the “King” is on supposedly their side. But there is more. I never caught the Jordanian ruler saying one friendly word about Israel, not even when he is abroad. Different from his predecessor, he seems to have no respect for Jews.

The only solution to the mess is when Jordanians stop hating Jews and start building their own country. That would mean: removing the dictators and those who support him, blocking militant Islam from jumping into the vacuum, and installing democracy with full rights for Palestinian Muslims.

Everything would change. But as long as they hate Jews, we cannot help them. I won’t say that it’s their own fault because that is callous. I feel for them. I wouldn’t want to be in their place. I have hope for them but the only light in their tunnel I see are the headlights of an oncoming train.

They should model themselves after Egypt, where the leader is at peace with Israel and the military keeps out the Muslim fundamentalists. The alternative is the Syrian model, where all the parties looking for control hate Israel so we can’t support them, so they all end up killing each other. (The Kurds are the only exception but they were not aiming to rule Syria.)

The first thing to redeem Jordan is a leader who’s not anti-Israel.

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, lehavdil 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, LGBTQIA, 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 quite 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 500th 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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