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

During corona, regretfully and costly, Israel killed its custom to unite

For decades, politicians in the State of Israel have had a ‘sacred’ tradition to stop attacking the government during war. Only as soon as hostilities and direct danger to life were over, the opposition would begin to voice its dissent and within the government, differences of opinion would surface.

But now the enemy is microscopic, this beautiful (and smart) practice has been abandoned. And I’m not just regretting it for old-time’s sake.

The biggest contributor to the fate of its thousands of fallen and hundreds of thousands of wounded (it’s among Israel’s costliest wars) seems to be the public’s refusal to comply with health directives. Many diverse sentiments may contribute to that, from anti-Zionism, anti-Science, anti-establishment, to anti-social, etc. And let’s add the bad example by a growing number of prominent public figures who are caught secretly violating protective orders meant for everyone, including them.

But crucial support for public indifference and revolt, I believe, is the dismissive way the parliamentarian opposition has undermined trust in the authorities right during this crisis. And then, adding insult to injury (pun intended), blaming the government for the public’s disobedience.

And I don’t mean the regular, year-round, anti-Zionist, subversive players like the Palestinian Authority or Haaretz. No, Members of Knesset, leaders of Zionist political parties, and Israeli regular media seem to have missed no chance to castigate and destroy the actions and reputations of those in charge of fighting the pandemic nationally. Only to continue to gleefully report on civil disobedience, violations of orders, and demonstrations.

Self-appointed academic clairvoyant ‘specialists’ and infighting between the real experts may have played a role too. But the worst, in my opinion, were and are the loud voices, jealousy, and ambitions of political rivals of the PM, who dislike him for years already but at war, would not shut up.

After the warfare is over (and won, at least by the survivors), we need to talk about how a house divided against itself clearly cannot stand. Those with a broad vision and an eye for the nation (and not with just their own narrow self-interest in mind), like Gantz, have put political differences aside already. But I don’t think that, at the moment, in the heat of voicing their incessant dissent, the ruthless warmongers can be calmed down. But history will judge and speak. Let’s hope we’ll be there and listen.

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 (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), 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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