Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews -- For those who like their news and truths frank and sharp

Israel, don’t give up now

I’m allowed my own opinion, no? And if it’s not oppressive to any socially weak group, I’m allowed to voice it, no? Even if no one else thinks this, no?

I think that Israel should not end halfway its assault on the junta of Gaza.

Was Hitler to have wished a cease-fire halfway the Allied forces’ landing at Normandy, should that offer have been considered? Of course not!

We need no negotiations to end the hostilities. We need to push on until Chamas capitulates or is too weakened or decimated to even do that.

Then we should ask our peace partner Egypt temporarily to accept Gaza as their Mandate area, to install Palestinian democracy-embracing governors to serve the masses, and to prepare for democracy.

Present-day Egypt has much experience setting up a military and police force not infiltrated by Muslim extremists. Of course, we would like to see Egypt become more democratic itself. Maybe this job may help her.

We would want also the populations of Egypt and Gaza to begin ending their centuries-old hatred of Jews, but why try succeeding in every aspect all at once? The assistance they’ll receive from the US, France, and Israel (among other democracies) will be fertile ground for seeds of respect.

Never forget that Israel is the greatest friend the people of Gaza ever had, even if they don’t know it yet. Ah, I found someone agreeing with me. NB: Not Israel’s airstrikes make Gazans needy, hungry, thirsty, hot, and unsafe, but all lack of care, help, or provisions by the Gaza junta. Not only do they lack shelter; they’re used as human shields and told it’s an honor to die.

Also, as soon as Jordan is relieved of its own dictators, its newly invented royal family, steps should be taken to do the same with some areas on the West Bank. In that Jordanian Mandate, there will be no room for terrorist power-hungry fillers of their own pockets. All should be done to further the interests of the people under her rule. But first, Jordan must become more geared toward the interest of her masses, including the Palestinians.

Pipedreams? Who wrote: “If you want it, it won’t be a fairytale”?

When we ignore that large sections of humanity living under oppression without freedom, all of us, will suffer the consequences. How much worldwide suffering has been caused already by the dictators in China (corona), Gaza (antisemitism), Iran (nuclear weapons), etc.?!

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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