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

How President Trump’s Visit to Israel Proves That There Won’t Be Peace There Anytime Soon

President Trump’s first overseas priority is to form and stabilize a Western-Muslim Countries Alliance against Iran and ISIS.

Luckily, he has a weakness for Jews, and so he also has a place in his heart to promote peace between Israel and the Arab Palestinians.

However, the total absence of any public substance or news conference during his dense 28-hour visit to the Holy Land shows that on the “peace process” his hands are tied. He cannot upset the Palestinian leadership, or they’ll cry foul, disturbing his Western-Arab unity plans against Iran and ISIS.

Yet, if the Arab Palestinian leadership cannot be upset, they cannot be forced to begin a peace process. And if they cannot be forced, they will not.

We’ll first have to wait until the brutality of Iran’s leadership and ISIS will have been done away with. Only then, there will be a possibility to force leadership on the Arab Palestinians that will cut the hatred promotion and murder. And then it will quickly give peace. Just like King Hussein and Egypt made peace without any problem.

Ideas or hopes that Trump will seek a speedy renewal of the peace process are either smokescreens or caused by misjudging the total unwillingness from Arab Palestinian side to even start negotiations.

Meanwhile, as long as President Trump stays out of trouble at home, we in Israel will not be bullied by the White House. We should do nothing that would embarrass Saudi Arabia and other Muslim nations too much. But we may go on to build for Jews in Jerusalem and on the West Bank of the Jordan, which will always stay in our hands anyway, and protect ourselves against terrorists.

In the meantime, we should also give Arab minorities in Israel (including Bedouins) a still better life. Better policing, better services, better infrastructure in their living quarters. Because Arabs will be in Israel forever, and we’d better forge the best relationship with them that’s possible. After all, we don’t do that to appease Arab Palestinian leadership. Rather, we want Arabs to have the best life in Israel because every Israeli having a good life is a proper expression of our deep ethical beliefs, and Israeli society and all our lives in Israel will be the better for it.

Last but not least: Happy Jerusalem Day today!! Fifty years of the liberation of the eternal Capital of the Jewish State and renewed access to the Wailing Wall and all the Four Quarters of the Old City. If that’s not worthy of our gratitude to G-d and celebration, than what would? Chag sameiach, Israel!

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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 vegan for 8 years now. 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. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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