Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Donald Trump, Bring Us Jonathan Pollard!

Word has it that the US president will be visiting the State of Israel within a month. Speculation is rife if he will there announce the move of the US Embassy to the Jewish capital. I don’t see what would be so special about that. He’s promised it a million times already. I’d rather see them start building it than even more talk about it. So, a first-stone laying would be OK, but no more declarations, please. No, I would want something entirely different from this head of state!

I want him to come down the stairs of his aircraft with Jonathan Pollard.

Jonathan Pollard mural at the Jerusalem Machane Yehuda Market by Yoninah (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

The nice thing for Trump will be that this important gesture to all Israelis will totally leave any Arab leader cold. This is not something that will anger them or move them in any other way. No one needs to be placated with a matching gesture.

It’s Jonathan himself who has stressed time and again that he will not accept to be a bargaining chip against some concession from the Jewish state. Since one cannot set someone free under unacceptable conditions, there is no use of dreaming of using Pollard for something like that in the future. If not, then the time to let him go must be now.

What’s more it that it naturally fits the president’s positive attitude towards Jews and the Jewish state. No one will be shocked, no political analyst will have one word to say about it. But all the Jews, the only nation with a memory, will forever remember.

Furthermore, in the US, wide support is expressed for such a move. Only some people up high with seemingly shady sentiments have stopped such a move so far. The president would be very happy to hear their opposition, so that he will know who else to fire and ignore in the near future.

To have Jonathan and his wife travel with the US president is beyond win-win. I will simply make all “good people” happy.

To let Pollard make aliyah a year from now or so is like a birthday present received two months late for no reason. It doesn’t have the same impact. No, now is the time!

Jonathan’s birthday is coming up. According to what’s written in his Israeli ID card, it’s the day after the Ninth of Av, the darkest but also most hopeful day in the Jewish year. That’s this year the first of July. That would give Jonathan two month to recover and to prepare to appear to the Israeli people, but not only so that we can welcome him. Israel is not the hospital of the Jewish people. Rather, it is its action center. We need him to become active in Israeli society and use his voice wherever he can make himself useful.

When I will stand along at the road welcoming the US President, I want to carry a large sign that screams: Donald, you’re the best! I do not want to hold a second sign that cries out: Where is Jonathan?

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. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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