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

How Netanyahu and the Right will win this election round, mark my words

Same way as Trump won from Clinton. By Netanyahu being very active in the last few days leading up to the election.

But that works even better in Israel. Compared to what I was used to as a Dutch person in the Netherlands, the average Israeli whom I meet has an attention span and a short-term memory smaller than reportedly a goldfish. What you do last minute makes all the difference in the world.

For instance, he’s touring the country like crazy. And he’s a hell of a speaker. I saw him last week in person for the first time. The comfort with which he talked and interacted with the public amazed me.

Maybe it was because I saw him in person and not on TV. Maybe it was because he spoke English. But I was very impressed — which is not easy.

Bibi was very surprised to hear the audience chanting “Ten more years!” as it was instructed before he arrived — as a variation to the Trumpian mantra: “Four more years.” He thought it a bit over the top. Five was fine with him too. I think that one more year (not in jail) would be a blessing already. But despite all prior instructions that he liked ‘Netanyahu’ better than Bibi, when he entered, the English speakers scanted “Bibi, Bibi” as if there is no tomorrow. He is much admired and loved, no doubt about it.

One advantage that he has is that he has done a ton of good for Israel. I know that he’s an enthusiastic capitalist — which he is proud of — and an anti-trade unionist. Still, he deserves a lot of credit for what he has done for our safety in ten years. And not necessarily for what he is praised for by his followers and castigated for by Israel’s enemies. He is not trigger-happy. He could have gone to war so many more times than he did. He always tries diplomatic and economic pressure rather than shoot up the terrorists. How many innocent lives were saved this way on both sides?!

He’s known to fulminate against the press as Trump does. He said to Mike Huckabee: “At least you have Fox News.” I think that Bibi is right when he complains about the slander and lies by Haaretz and many Hebrew news sites about him. But, especially in a meeting for English speakers, he could have given some credit to the fair reporting in the English local media.

I know that he lies. But arch-terrorist and mass murderer Arafat totally had the honest Rabin in his power. With evil people, one must be able to lie.


His piece de resistance at the end of his speech was about how he stood up against the dictatorship of foreign governments. (Here he says part of the same thing in Hebrew from 1:56:25. In English, he sounded friendlier.) I saw that as a veiled hint that if an anti-Israel US president would enter the White House, no one could say no to his/her pressure as Netanyahu can. And I can’t dispute that. But he also explained how it can be done.

(When he mentioned Obama, some people booed, but he immediately shushed that. ‘We have had bigger and lesser friends in the White House, but they’re all friends.’ That is a great diplomat talking. Not a demagogue.)

He explained where he learned how to resist foreign pressure effectively. From his late father. In 1944, his father, the history professor, he told us, pressure US politicians that they should acknowledge a Jewish State in Palestine. At the same time, he put ads in the papers there to give the same message to the US public. He held that when you can convince the public, the politicians have no choice.

In 1956, the US government told Israel’s first PM to leave the Sinai or else. “The more I learn about David Ben-Gurion, the more respect I get for Israeli’s first PM.” Ben-Gurion had said that Israel would not do so in 1000 years. The elder Netanyahu went to speak to Begin on how to counter the pressure. Talk to the American People. He did not and so he had to give in.

But when a US Secretary of State gave Bibi in a European capital an ultimatum, he knew what to say. She said, you either agree to go back to the 1967 borders, with minor adjustments, or I will tell the world that Israel is the one who prevents peace in the Middle East. You have two hours. According to Bibi, he said: “Madam Secretary, I don’t need two hours and I don’t need two minutes. Let’s step outside now and I will tell the press that this land has been from the Jewish People for 3,500 years and” [I will not give it away. I made up the last words because he could not finish and did not need to finish his sentence because of the applause].

Before he spoke, he was preceded by a dozen speakers (while he was held up in a security meeting concerning Gaza’s rocket fire). I found it mostly a collection of lies and half-truths and primitive slogans. Nir Barkat was two whole categories better. But when Netanyahu started, it was clear again that there’s no one to succeed him, who can fill his shoes.

Netanyahu’s coalition is going to win the upcoming election. I thought that he blundered a lot in the past couple of years. But in any case, he’s back. Instead of fulminating against Arab Israelis, which he used to do just before elections, now, he tried to praise and charm them. He matured.

And he will be quite a team with Trump. Because the American People will never elect an anti-Zionist like Sanders. Mark my words.

One more point. When the Left loses this election, I expect slander from left-wing Jews and terror attacks from some Arabs. Let me suggest that if they won’t slander but rather show sports(wo)manship, then there will be no terror attacks either. Unity is a very holy and powerful thing.

A Saint or a Villain?

I’d not call Bibi a villain but some media do that day-in-day-out. And some call Gantz a saint. Would you choose a dentist who’s a saint or who’s a top dentist? I remember Rabin. He was kind of a saint. Got over 1000 Israelis murdered and manifold maimed by not understanding who he was facing.

Bibi started out being PM by lying to all. In no time everyone hated and ousted him. Then he understood. You only lie and break you word vis-à-vis enemies and people who want to hurt or fool you. Going strong ever since.

Bibi is not afraid to bomb Iran, if needed. But he’s also not trigger-happy or too timid to say “no” to hardliners who dream of flattening Gaza.

Love Him or Hate Him — Bibi Saves Lives From Corona

Want to know how fortunate Israel is with the PM we have, compare him to other leaders and regimes who prioritize short-term feel-good profits.

  • The Chinese dictators didn’t want the public to know about the new coronavirus because that would reflect badly on their Socialist Utopia. Now two-and-a-half thousand people are dead.
  • The US President doesn’t want the public to know to protect his flagship economic success rather than the citizens. Soon the virus will be all over.
  • The super-religious sect from South Korea doesn’t let on that they have the virus not to stop spreading their faith — and infection.
  • Iran’s dictators didn’t want anyone to know that they go on international trips while their nation is starving. Now they’re infected. For a second, I thought, if they all die, the Iranian People will be free. But this virus only kills 2% it seems. (Maybe they’ll refuse ‘Israeli’ healthcare and die all. Just like Hitler cut out ‘Jewish science’ and lost the race to the A bomb.)
  • Our old enemy after Egypt, the Romans, were always for living it up. Now Italia has a corona explosion. They even protested that Israel doesn’t allow them in anymore. I guess, when they’re partying, brains are out.

Now look at what Israel does. Yes, it will cost a lot of money and jobs to chase away and keep out tourists and quarantine everyone who’s suspect. But these things are temporary and will pay themselves back. Hopefully, the coronavirus will only get a foothold in Israel when it died down from warmer weather or when there are already vaccinations or anti-viral treatments that are proven successful. Leadership: Netanyahu! Thank you.

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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