Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Human decisions shape what happens in the Middle East

First, language matters. It can be used to inform, or to conceal or confuse.

Every time, you read media reports that ‘hostilities broke out’ or ‘tension is building,’ keep in mind you’re being misled. Decisions and policies are created after which ‘spontaneous outbursts’ are orchestrated. Sentences without a clear agent (whodunit) are meant to hide the culprit, typically are employed to keep anti-Zionists out of the limelight. Also, in false photo reports from Gaza, targeted terrorists are often hidden from sight. Their destroyed HQ is portrayed with a playing child in front of it.

Also, readers beware of false moral equivalence in reporting. Democracy rests on equality, which is the assumption that all people are equally of tremendous value. But, false equivalence means equating things that are utterly and principally different. Like in: ‘The police and the bank robbers refused to surrender.’ While this example is clearly ridiculous, the trained Israel reporting watcher hears the same nonsense in ‘… calling on both sides to reduce tensions and return to the negotiating table.’ One side is a terrorist regime, 24/7 hurting its own population, threatening the Jews in Israel with genocide, and committing war crimes during hostilities by deliberately targeting civilians. The other side is a State, committed to democracy and liberty, with a vibrant but independent parliament, judiciary, and free press. One wouldn’t tolerate that Jews and Nazis should infuse more love and understanding in their relationship. Classical Christian antisemitism portrays Jews (and Muslims) as revengeful and heartless. It is ridiculous to plead tearfully ‘for the children in Gaza and Israel.’ Israel is the best friend children in Gaza ever had or will have. Their enemy is Hamas, not Israel.

People who ‘feel our pain’ have no idea. After 2,000 powerless years, we now have our own State and army. And the leader of the free world who really supports us – not the make-believe support by Trump. Instead of feeling bad for Jews, work for discrediting and disempowering antisemites.

There is no Commandment that says: ‘Thou shalt take in all the drama the media (can) generate.’ Information should make us more knowledgeable and so better capable of handling challenges. But, that backfires when dramatized (false) facts just confuse us or make us overly emotional.

People Pull Triggers

What follows is about some of the politicians who I saw taking crucial positions that shaped what is going on now in the Middle East.

Arab-Palestinian ‘President’ Abbas declared fake elections. Then, after much excitement about it among the uninformed, he ‘postponed’ the elections. Europe sharply criticized him for that and dictators don’t like that. So, he instigated riots on the Temple Mount, despite the holy month of Ramadan. Then, Hamas stated ‘supporting’ the riots by firing missiles.

When it fired two at Jerusalem, this united the demissionary and divided government of Israel to end the reign of Hamas. The plans were drawn up over the years since they were lacking during the last war with Gaza. To beat back Gaza long-term is important because an attack by Chizbolla is just a matter of time and it’s nice not to have to fight at two fronts.

Arab-Israeli Member of Knesset Abbas was willing to take part in a centrist new government. But when the hostilities began to get in full swing, Jews united while he separated. He declared that further negotiations should take place once calm is restored. Since then, he has repeatedly called for calm, but I consider his withdrawal a historic mistake. He should have said: ‘Especially now, we need a unity government with Arabs inside.’

Then, MK Bennett, the most right-wing of such a broad coalition, said: Now is not the time to unite with the (Jewish) left and the Arabs. And he returned to trying to form a right-wing government with Netanyahu. That was a serious mistake too, IMHO. Not only the same mistake as the one made by MK Abbas, but he also split off from the left, during war. While (he knows that) the rabbis teach that when attacked by enemies, we need to improve on our baseless love for our fellow Jew and seek unity.

If you don’t know what to pray/work for, aim for a strong united Israel. That will profit everyone involved.

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, lehavdil 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, LGBTQIA, 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 quite 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 500th 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. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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