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

Did Netanyahu really say this?

Sometimes, we read in the news stuff that is hard to picture. And I don’t mean lies from anti-Zionist outlets. Their hatred is well-known.

But who could imagine that the Israeli PM would have said: “If you’re a powerful nation you can occupy and no one will care”? Well, it’s reported like that by a reliable news source. It could still be an honest mistake. (A respectable newspaper brings similar sentences but this is meaningless as it seems a rip-off from the above report. A later report clarifies that this concerns said leaks from a closed-door meeting.)

Let’s unpack what’s allegedly said here.

The Times of Israel reports that Army Radio quoted Netanyahu as saying:

“Power is the most important thing in foreign policy. Strength changes everything and it changes our policy vis-a-vis countries in the Arab world. “[The accusation of] [o]ccupation is nonsense. There are powerful states that have occupied and transferred populations, and no one talks about them.”

A reporter had some choice comments on that:

[He’s]scoffing at [the] international characterization of Israel’s [alleged] control over the Palestinians. [He’s] suggesting that the more powerful Israel gets, the less the world will care about its treatment of the Palestinians. [That] strong countries are able to occupy other nations without repercussions.

I have a few questions about the above:

Is he supposed to have been saying that we are mistreating the Arab Palestinians but that no one will object once we get strong enough? Really? Even if we’d commit a war crime (transferring civilians from occupied territory)?

And since when does he hold that we’re mistreating them?

And since when does might make right?

And is he saying that we actually occupy the West Bank instead of having liberated it from Jordanian occupation? Bibi?

If not, why is he comparing Israel with occupiers?

And that we should transfer the Arabs from the West Bank?

Such nonsense. And such bad hasbara! I can’t believe it. It sounds like a Haaretz “analysis.” There’s no actual tape, is there? As one of my rabbis uses to joke: 90% of the news is lied and the rest is a misunderstanding.

An anonymous leaker made it up or misconstrued it or Michael Hauser Tov, supposedly from Army Radio, did on twitter, now quoted all over.


Slightly unbelievable is the report that Netanyahu wants to make it easier for military courts to sentence terrorists to death. I’ve blogged extensively on what pleads against capital punishment.

However, all pieces fell into place with the news that this is just electioneering. That explains a lot.


Netanyahu now declares that Trump’s (incomplete) economic blockade of Iran is also a result of his efforts. This seems a bit inflated but not beyond belief. He couldn’t convince Obama, the Senate, Europe or the UN, he didn’t elect Trump and it’s obvious that Iran is the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism also without him harping on that. But if I were in his place, I would have claimed it as my success too. Politics.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust survivors 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, Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism), Oppression and Liberation (of 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 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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