Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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How Netanyahu surprisingly could end up behind bars anyway

Turning right thrice is a left turn

First, Bibi let his ministers attack LGBTQ youths. We’re waiting until they end up in jail.

Then, Bibi let them throw Israeli Muslims under the bus. We’re waiting until they end up in jail.

Then, Bibi attacked reserve soldiers and pilots with a conscience. We’re waiting until they end up in jail.

Then, Bibi let his ministers throw Israeli women and police under the bus. We’re waiting until they end up in jail.

Then, Bibi ignored the whole financial world pleading to stop the judicial overhaul. We’re waiting until they end up in jail.

Then, Bibi ignored the modal impoverished ultra-Orthodox Jews who used to be cared for by Deri. We’re waiting until they end up in jail.

And when everyone sits in jail, Bibi will realize that it looks the same as if he were in jail and the rest not. A bit late.

Possibly, he’ll imitate his Dutch counterpart. He ruined the whole country and after crossing 10 red lines with everyone, announced new elections, and resigned from politics. The electorate can’t even vote on his rule.

Since we’re under a constant media barrage of falsehoods, here’s some air:

We are not divided. The People is more united than ever.

We don’t hate. We counter hate with love and solidarity.

We’re not anxious or furious. We are optimistic and determined. We’ll win.

Equality and democracy can’t lose. The coalition has, is, and will be lost.

We are the most pluralistic movement Israel has ever seen.

Elected officials trying to uproot democracy are the anti-democrats.

We long for elections. We believe in the People. We are the People.

Netanyahu got a pacemaker this morning. It’s not at all what the name and the press say. Heart diseases are most feared for the inability of the heart, a muscle, to contract properly. Pacemakers are for something else totally. The heart is driven to contract by a couple of cells in the atrium. A wave of electricity then makes the atria contract and then arrives at the ventricles. There, a couple of cells need to start the same at the main chambers of the heart. If now the natural pacemaker cells or the electrical connection between the two sets of chambers sometimes fail, we faint. The ventricles, though, have a backup mechanism making them contract 40 beats per minute. For a fainted person, that’s enough to survive, but it’s not ideal, and fainting can give you a nasty fall. Here a pacemaker comes in. It does nothing until the regular electricity pattern is disrupted. Then, it springs into action and gives the impulse that was delayed. In Bibi’s case, there is no sign of heart muscle disease. A few cells sometimes electronically don’t do their work. Two fainting spells are enough for a pacemaker. It will only work once a year or so. I once walked with an elderly pacemaker patient, and bang, his pacemaker kicked in. It just saved my life again, he said happily. Netanyahu’s heart health is excellent. Just that you know.

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MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is (partly) generated by AI. * 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. 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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), 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. * 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. * One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. He loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, anti-elitism, anti-bigotry and supremacy, for Zionism, Intersectionality, and non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, empowering therapist. 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