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

How to get trigger-happy Donald Trump work for peace?

US President Donald J. Trump does not like war. But he and his friends do like money and lots of money is made by the rich when poor soldiers try to kill each other.

How to make sure that he won’t start a war, just to increase profit for the happy few? There is a simple method.

Tell him that if he’s even slightly implicated in war anywhere, his chances for getting the Nobel for peace on the Korean Peninsula will fall to zero. That should do it, because the Nobel Prize is something no money can buy.

In the end, he won’t get it anyway, for trying to bribe the judges.

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Meanwhile, back from crystal-gazing and the future, let me tell you that war with Israel is not imminent. I’ve heard many Israeli’s say the opposite, lately, but tense people may not be the best forecasters.

One person in particular said at a Lag baOmer celebration: May we be united and may G-d therefore give us victories over all our enemies.

And this is what he should have said: So easily divided, we often only became united when under attack. War, which always only knows losers, does not need to be a punishment. It could be a means to created solidarity and one-ness. So, when we become united, G-d might be able to prevent war for our good. And that would be a great blessing for all.

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By the way, I find it tasteless if not sexist and classist that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gets blamed for saying what Donald Trump told her, when it turns out that he was lying.

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Last but not least: The US Administration’s newest trial balloon to give Arab Palestinians autonomy in Jebl Mukabar, Isawiya, Shuafat and Abu Dis (to make it function as the Arab Palestinian Jerusalem) is too ridiculous for words – but not for protests. The know-it-all advisers of the Trump Administration have cooked up another fictional ‘peace’ plan.

For starters, this does not endear Chezbollah, Chamas or de PA – it only encourages and crazes those Palestinian Arabs still dreaming of chasing all Jews out of Zion, including anti-Semitic PA Chairman Abbas.

And – as always – it is impossible to implement (the four i’s). The Arabs who live there and want to stay in Israel (most of them), being dragged out, kicking and screaming? An even further lengthening of borders and increasing of check posts?

Do we need a further distancing between Jews and Muslims – which will only lead to further demonetization and conflict?

But, I prefer a verbal fight with the US than a real war with enemies. We live in continuously interesting times, so close to total redemption.

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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