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

Internationally, is Israel doing well or not regarding COVID-19?

This is a good question. The short answer is: We did so well in the beginning and so we do more poorly now. I’ll explain. It’s not complicated.

In the first wave, Israel was part of the best. We did very well. And the population was very fond of the government. First stop the infection, then restart the economy. Jews all over the world started making alliyah.

So, we got rid of the epidemic in the first wave with some 400 deaths, which is in comparison not so bad.

But then the second wave started.


The Virus had weakened (became less deadly) but had become more contagious.
Our patience had worn thin. We got sick and tired (pun not intended) of all the prevention and financial worries.

More and more people said: to hell with the masks. Which is not what you do in a more contagious epidemic.

Incitement against the government has reached an unprecedented and dangerous height.

Now in Israel, the number of sick per day per million inhabitants is among the highest in the world because, in other countries, they’re in the middle of the first wave or have not started the second wave yet.

Therefore, we did very well but we need to keep it up a couple of more months or quarters, until we get vaccinated.

Total numbers on the whole of the pandemic don’t show this worse state of Israel because they stand in the shade of how well we did during the first wave. To see how grave the situation is now, look at the number of the newly sick/day, million. Several examples (no cherry-picking): USA 7%, Brazil 5%, Sweden 7%, the Netherlands 3%, and Israel 15%!

Only, as I mentioned above, the virus is more contagious but less deadly. Also this I wrote about before. It is still often a very debilitating disease.

NB: Violators of the health restrictions are like drunk drivers: They kill many more people than just themselves. They need to be discouraged, stopped, and face consequences. Fines aren’t enough, and especially regarding community leaders. They should be arrested and put on trial.

Those who let a Rebbe get away with holding a 2,000-men wedding amidst a pandemic are no different from officials in Beirut who let 2,750 ton ammonium nitrate (for Hezbollah?) sit in a port warehouse for six years.


NB: I’m not sure that the giant Dr. Fauci is right when he says that the best thing to do for people in a closed space is to have the windows open. The main idea of social distancing is that exhaled droplets in our breaths slowly swivel down within two meters of the one exhaling if they don’t yell or sing loudly. But, in a draft, I’m not sure the droplets will actually settle down on the floor. They might keep flying, ready to be inhaled by everyone present.

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. * 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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