Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Hours before the election, politicians fail to catch any of the undecided voters

Just before our once-every-six-months national elections, many party leaders fail to appeal to the record number of undecided voters we have right now.

Most went to their strongholds, rehearsed, again, their mantras of months or years, ‘to appeal’ to those who’d vote for them anyway, preaching to the choir.

Lieberman, the self-proclaimed head of the anti-religious, called on voters to vote for him to park the ultra-Orthodox in the opposition. (Not as Arutz7 writes.)

Sa’ar, who bolted the Netanyahu-led Likud ensures that he won’t sit in a Netanyahu-led government. Who could have predicted that? Everyone.

Shaked again flogged the dead horse that her party will be the largest (in any poll not even close) and, rather than lose, in fact, will lead the next government.

Her co-head of the party played a home game by answering questions via Arutz7. Why not go to Tel Aviv or left-wing media? Fear, sloppiness, stupidity?

Gantz, the co-PM, reassured no one when he (really!) said: “There are no defectors in Blue and White.” We all know that everybody has left already. Then he added this most puzzling comparison: “Just as it is with electronic cigarettes, there is smoke without fire.” Huh? I mean, huh?

Netanyahu, Mr. Capitalism, needlessly ensures the voters that his win will mean a ‘strong economy’ (on the back of anyone who needs assistance, that is).

Haaretz, the news outlet that rather than reports, creates ‘news,’ called upon Jews to vote anti-Zionist. That must have come as a shock to its readers. Not.

Lapid, the clown the PM appointed head of the opposition and his personal boxing ball, the most divisive politician of all, was the only one who understood you need to appeal to those you repel. He declared: ‘We will foster unity.’

Or maybe Meretz, the most activist party, did it best. I saw hundreds of their six-second ads on YouTube. They’re on the brink of not passing the threshold.

One could answer the question of why Israeli buses are one meter long and eight meters broad like this: Everyone wants a front seat, sees themselves fit to lead.

Those who bewail the expenses of the elections, know that they’re all lying. This is not money thrown away but actually spent. The poll workers, the guards, the printers of the paperwork, the ads, all this cash is poured into the economy.

Those who say that this money could have been spent on better causes are mistaken. There is no shortage of money, as we have seen when Netanyahu just gave every Israeli cash at the beginning of the lockdown. The coins spent on the elections wouldn’t have been spent on social causes without the polls.

Happy election day everyone!

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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