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, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. 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 generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 2000 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe too, here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates 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. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. 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 - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), 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. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers 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. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. 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. When he can, 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, for Zionism, Intersectionality, 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. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to his 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, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. 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