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

Facts matter: Untruths and truths from Israel’s elections

Fun fact: Bibi went to the polls because he found, after Liberman bolted, his 61 (one seat) majority unworkable. He now has a coalition possibility of probably 58 seats. For the third time in a row less than 61. Some victory.

  • The anti-Zionist United Arab Bloc votes (15 seats!) don’t count as they won’t sit in any Zionist government, left-wing or right-wing, anyway.

Fun fact: The votes for them would not have gone to Zionist parties but the more votes they got, the smaller the distance between the left-wing and the right-wing bloc became (I did the math). In other words, had there been fewer votes for the Arab Bloc, Bibi would have had a majority — not because he would have gotten some of those votes but because each seat would’ve cost fewer votes. The larger Arab vote cost Bibi his majority. That did not stop the professional victim the PA to declare this a Zionist victory.

Fun fact: These voters would have stayed home and not voted for anyone else. So their participation has cost no one nothing. BTW: About the rage in Europe and the US about this ‘racist’ party. 20,000 votes to 4,251,835. I’d like to see the same fraction of antisemites (0.470%) in their countries.

  • Before the elections, Liberman pledged: “There won’t be a next round.”

Fun fact: I don’t know how he could promise that but generally, Liberman does what he says. This one will be a tough one, though.

  • Confused by all these party numbers, names and identities?

Fun facts: These are the blocs:

Right-wing-Orthodox: 58 seats “Bibi” – will go to trial soon; no successor
Right-secular 7 seats “Liberman” – kingmaker still playing hard to get
Anti-Zionist 15 seats “Arabs” – might condone secular combi = anti-Bibi
Center-left-secular 40 seats “Gantz” – may crumble, releasing defectors
Total number of Knesset seats: 120 seats, majority 61 seats.

In most blocs, there are exceptions to the majorities: non-right-wing centrists and non-Orthodox traditionalists and secularists with Bibi, Ashkenazic Jews with Muslim Arabs, right-wing secularists with Gantz, etc. But there are heavy sanctions on Members of Knesset deflecting.

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 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. 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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