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

How the The-West-Bank-is-Israel card turned out not a trump card

A short history of Israel’s recent election circus:

  • Lieberman quits Netanyahu’s coalition.
  • Bibi deems his 61/120 coalition too shaky and goes to the polls.
  • The electorate gives his coalition only 59/120.
  • After this ‘great victory,’ Bibi tried again and gets 56/120.
  • Bibi cemented the rightwing block into agreeing to stay together. Thus, he prevented a secular unity coalition without the religious.
  • The Left plus Lieberman found Bibi unwilling to join a unity coalition, Bibi hoping again to win more decisively at the next polling.
  • The Left plus Lieberman did the only thing they could do still: use their 64/120 majority by relying on the Arab parties within the 64.
  • Bibi cried foul to win votes but he actually caused this.
  • Suddenly, US President Trump plays the The-West-Bank-is-Israel card to help Bibi. This should make the Arab parties bolt support for any minority coalition. They didn’t take the bait, though.
  • (This works great in his bid for the 2020 US elections because it riles up all anti-Israel sentiment in the Democratic Party and Americans will never elect an openly anti-Israel president.)

Gantz would create a Leftwing minority coalition against all odds. A third election would be prevented and Bibi would be out. His all-or-nothing gamble then gave him the last. As we say in modern Hebrew (borrowing words by the Sages): You grab too much, and you’ll end up with nothing.

If, last minute, Bibi would still go for a compromise unity government, we can only thank Lieberman for creating it and not Bibi or Gantz.

Actuality in the coming hours might depart from the above or confirm it.

To govern Israel with the Arab Parties’ Support?

White people who say that thinking about racism doesn’t make them uncomfortable are lying. There’s no escape. But, better uncomfortable than oppressive.

There always are Arab anti-Zionist Parties in the Knesset but they, by ‘virtue’ of their anti-Zionism, could never be part of any government coalition. The Jewish majority could not decently invite them to take responsibility for Zionism and neither could they compromise their hateful stand.

However, things are changing. Israeli Gentile-Arabs are getting tired of the aggressive anti-Zionist rhetoric of these Knesset members. When will they finally be constructive and start working for the interests of Arab Israelis? (For sure, they have on the sidelines, but in the spotlights, these parties have only criticized, accused and spoken words of hatred.)

There have been Gentile-Arab Israelis inside of the political parties that are predominantly Jewish. Especially inside the Likud, most notably Druze, Bedouin and Christian Arabs. Some also inside the ultra-left-wing parties, but that was often very hard because of the racism. That is one of the things that in Israel are the opposite of the rest of the world. The racism sits at the left. This is because right-wingers would not think of being less than courteous to minorities inside their own party. These are obviously friends. But left-wingers often have the arrogance that they are right and therefore so holy that they don’t need to check their behavior. And unchecked behavior is the playground of the devil.

A new system of government, the non-electorate democracy

The Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon had it already for some time. Elections are held but they don’t have any influence on what happens in their States. And now Israel has joined the pack. We’re even told that we may be invited to vote a third time in a row without it ever resulting in a government after our choice.

The arrangement does have a caretaker government but that doesn’t reflect what voters voted for. The vote is not more than an expensive opinion poll whose results then get ignored. It still works. You feel that you have a say, even if no one listens. You feel you have influence though you know you don’t beyond election night. One learns from neighbors. Even when it’s a darkness unto the nations.

This method is also more flexible than the authorities listening to the outcome of elections. How so? Elections can’t be every day. But instead, we have demonstrations. If the media pick up on them, the government might oblige. No need to wait for elections. And not only the ministers may obey the populus’ voice. Courts often do too. Vox populi at its best.

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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