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

Does Ehud Barak’s alibi hold up? Don’t think so!

Israeli ex-PM Ehud Barak tries to return to politics. Netanyahu must be very happy since he will steal votes from Blue and White, making the Likud come out the biggest again. There is no proof that Netanyahu is actually paying Barak to do this. Given the quality of thinking on the left, that won’t be necessary. (In a possible Freudian slip, Barak admitted now that while they were fighting for Israel, they were [actually] dreaming.)

The Israeli millionaire entrepreneur came in trouble when he seemed on the long list of prominent acquaintances of Jeffrey Epstein and even a business partner with him. However, when Epstein-gate erupted last week, he declared that he didn’t know that the latter was a violent unrepentant pedophile. He had nothing to do with the man, besides a business cooperation that he now asked his lawyers to dismantle.

Then the Daily Mail found old published pictures of an unidentified man with a wedding band on his finger and a security detail in tow, visiting Epstein’s $77M mansion, covering his face. The pictures were published January 18, 2016, with an update the next day. The article remarked that the mystery man visited “on Friday,” which means: January 15.

Barak declared now that indeed, that was him but that there were no girls or young women present at meetings between him and Epstein ever.

But the Mail showed many pictures of four young female beauties who had entered the same door within hours of mystery man.

He now threatened the Daily Mail with a lawsuit if they did not retract their “blood libel” insinuating that he went to a grab-the-girls party, that he would sue them for libel. He claimed that the tabloid was only interested in thwarting his chances in the Israeli elections. The paper declined. It pointed out how ridiculous the assumption that they had any interest in the outcome of elections in Israel.

Then Barak started claiming that Netanyahu was the force behind the scandal. If anything, the Mail and Netanyahu could cash some money here to sue Barak for libel, it seems. Besides that, it’s quite ridiculous, if you ask me, to blame others for where one’s own shoes brought one.

Anyway, he then claimed that he had covered his face because of the very cold New York winter weather that he as a Middle-Eastern man wasn’t used to — and not to hide any suspect or reprehensible behavior.

Aren’t we allowed to check that? Let’s do it. January in New York can be very cold. In particular, January 2016 saw temperatures of double digits below zero. What was the weather like January 15, 2016? There are websites for that.

January 15, 2016, the weather in New York was lovely. Sunny, temperatures 11 Celsius. In fact, the weather in Israel on that day was lovely too and not much different:  14.5 Celsius and sunny.

It could be that the former Israel General Staff Reconnaissance Unit fighter, because of old age, has become very sensitive to the difference between 14.5 and 11 degrees Celsius. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. I found a recent picture of him wearing what seemed a closed leather jacket during a press conference. But as alibi, I don’t think it works.

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There seem to be three themes to Barak’s election campaign. Netanyahu needs to go. He has spoiled the whole atmosphere of politics. And the public will give its mandate to me. Yet, he seems a lot more negative than the current PM, sounding jealous and like a case of the pot calling the kettle black. And, the multimillionaire armchair socialist, like Simon Peres, has always been rejected by the electorate. The only time he became PM was when PM Rabin was slain — after which he lost again.

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 (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. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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