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

How and why to not credit Donald Trump for making more peace in the Middle East?

I’m not joining the sentiments of anti-Zionists and other Jew-haters not applauding Trump for his recent and upcoming Middle-East peace plans.

I’m not even going to say that Trump is a dishonest, self-serving, robbing-the-poor-giving-it-to-the-rich, uncivilized, racist, sexist, White-supremacist, transphobic, disgusting, dysfunctional, disgraceful leader and therefore undeserving of praise even for something well done. Not even.

I’m certainly not going to fully deny any success of his team’s Middle-East peace plans. I won’t deny reality. But, they’re mainly bluff. And sporadic.

Joe Biden, the very smart emotional guy who stammers and whose victory is going to be the ultimate embarrassment of very smart smooth-talking Trump, Biden’s right when he says that Trump’s success here is accidental.

If I could draw well, I would draw the following cartoon:

Trump and Jared Kushner stand in the middle of a circular shooting range, both blind-folded, smoldering firearms hinging from hips and shoulders, one wearing a MAGA cap and the other a cowboy hat. They’re laughing–they obviously are having a good time, about to take off their masks.

You look around and you see a whole circle of targets.

  • A few have winning shots. The UAE paper has a bull’s eye hit. Next to it stands the beaming FM.
  • The Bachrainic target is hit too, though not in the middle, and some angry faces of non-dignitaries are seen next to it.
  • The Palestinian board has a bull’s eye too but the leaders standing with it are stamping the ground and eating their hats.
  • The Egyptian, Jordan, and Saudi Arabian targets have been completely missed. The Chinese and the Russian targets also stayed brand-new but their leaders stand with them roaring with laughter.
  • The people standing next to Lebanon’s target are searching where bullets meant for their target went. So do Qatar, Sudan, and others.
  • Israelis explain their pristine target by reasoning that no doubt blanks were used. They loved the bangs though they rang hollow.
  • The Kurds are lying heavily-bleeding next to their target. It was a direct hit but not what they expected. The target next to them, from Turkey, was missed too but the Turks are dancing.
  • The Iranians are thumbing their noses although they have one down lying next to them too.

The referee, Joe Biden, decides not to give them a diploma. Accidental erratic bull’s eyes don’t prove competence. I’m with him. Great cartoon.

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It’s so phony to hear a Gay investigative a journalist, Christian convert, former Muslim, American with Palestinian roots, say with a straight face that Trump isn’t a bigot. Why does he claim so? Because Trump started a world-wide drive to decriminalize homosexuality. Yes, but he also has repeatedly tried to ban Transgenders from the US army. But, he brought peace closer to the Middle East. Well, try to convince the Syrians, Kurds, and Turkish opposition of that. And he obliterated ISIS. Actually, the opposite. ISIS was almost gone. But Trump frivolously withdrew some US troops from Syria, and so created a vacuum in which ISIS is now reviving.

Before Trump, the West was unacquainted with this kind of complete fabrications but in the Middle East, leaders who speak like that are default. Rather than think if they could speak the truth, one needs to think, why does he talk like that? In the case of this journalist, it’s obvious. He needs to show he’s a good Christian now, so he trashes Muslims. Gays are executed mainly in Muslim countries, so that also could motivate what he says. And why does the Republican Party bring him? Did anyone notice how, under King Trump, it lost every last part of any sense of integrity?

The JPost brings this propaganda as facts. How sad what’s left of it.

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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