Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Forever, the banks are milking the Israeli people dry

The State of Israel started based on Socialism. Being social and sensitive to the needs of all are old Jewish principles. But, over the years, this has eroded and now, the Jewish State is run by Capitalism with all the exploitation of the population as in every other modern capitalist State — dotted with many charity initiatives — that’s true. With economists falsely preaching that the “free market” is good for all. It’s all egotism favoring the privileged. (Before non-Israelis offer to liberate us from this exploitation, could they please first stop this in their own country?)

I just was in the Netherlands. That is a really rich country. The spoils of the colonies and natural gas profits still permeate the whole of its society. Not a million or so who live in poverty but overall, so much money! The Dutch need to work hard to get a share, but they also get a lot of vacation time.

In Israel, so much energy and money go to (literally) fighting for survival: our military, police, security guards, etc. And our foods are overpriced. Production is in the hands of a few families. Most people are fooled into believing that animal produce (meat, fish, milk, eggs) ‘is the healthiest’ which they spend much money (and cooking skills) serving.

A few years ago, a socially aware minister reduced phone costs to 10% of what it had been before. Saves everyone a ton of money. The same should happen with bus fares. That would reduce car ownership and pollution.

But most of the money of the average Israeli is sucked up by the banks. Renters’ rights are poor. So, anyone with any steady income and a large extended family tries to buy a house. But not only are houses super overpriced. A mortgage means that over 40 years, you pay the bank three houses for your house. And the rules are tricked such that if you don’t pay the last years, you lose everything because the first 30 years ‘were for the interest’ and only the last payments cover the real value of the apartment.

“How do you acquire a small fortune in Israel? Come with a large one!”

However, I don’t think that any government can curtail the power of the banks. It would be cheaper for them to kill a few politicians than reform.

Jewish Law clearly limits how much profit one is allowed to make and forbids interest. The Sages show a high priority for honesty. Unfortunately, most Jews come from dishonest cultures, and the Law in Israel is British.

This is the financial situation in Israel. Not so different from the rest of the Western democratic world. The rich get honor and esteem, are not seen as thieves. Poverty is seen as shameful, even if it comes from being honest.

I know that Antisemites believe that all Jews are rich. I wouldn’t mind, but where is the loot? Most Jews the world over work (too hard) for a living.

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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