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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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How can I predict that this government will sit out its four years?

The partners have many wishes with little antipathies

I see two reasons for its prolonged survival. 1. Every coalition partner gets something. This way, you can consolidate your constituency.

And 2. this is possible because the partners of this coalition are mostly motivated by what they want, not by what they don’t want.

Bibi wanted most money for the rich and little socialism.

But, the left has learned to get money to most people and not worry about or touch the superrich.

Bibi wanted to fight against the pandemic and for jobs: compromises.

Bennett didn’t feel strongly about either. With the vaccines, it worked out.

The Haredi parties wanted to make the state as halachic as possible and block secularization.

The Bennett group wants a place for everyone, and no one gets to dictate everything for everyone.

Bibi wanted Jews first.

Bennett wants everyone to get something. Hey, it works.

They now miss a couple of Knesset seats for a majority. So, they’ll invite a couple of others to join. No compromises. Don’t look at the plates of others. Don’t start about red lines. Name a few things that are important for you. When we all agree, you get your needs met. The rest of the program you ceremoniously approve as an investment for your wish list.

I don’t see early elections at all. That was in the old system of red lines, painful compromises, with power-hungry control freaks.

Bennett introduced win-win into Israel.

The opposition parties can all join on one condition: that they mind their own business.

The Haredi parties want more money for their institutions. Fine. Just, don’t complain about civil marriage and the IDF.

Does the Likud want a stronger West Bank? Fine. Just don’t protest money that goes to the Muslim settlements and the Negev Bedouin.

Live and let live. The blood of democracy. They don’t want ‘to compromise,’ read: stop telling other people how to live? Fine. But you might not stay in the opposition. You might find yourselves outside of the Knesset when it decides that anti-democrats can’t stand for election.

Opposition members are dreaming when they theorize about Netanyahu’s speedy return. They live in the past. None of the right-wingers in the coalition would return to Bibi who’d make them compromise.

I hope that this analysis has at least annoyed some readers. Too much political analysis is read in the hope to find a writer who thinks like us.

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MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 1500 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". 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But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), 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), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers 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. 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Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. 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 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. 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