Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Israel gives a good fighting coronavirus example

It’s impossible to give a complete overview but have a look in this limited list at how well Israel is doing:

  • Two weeks quarantine for arrivals before closed all borders.
  • Being too close with known infected: twee weeks quarantine.
  • Being very close to someone who was close to someone: nothing.
  • Secret service finds your phone was too close: Two weeks quarantine.
  • Political oversight of secret service limitlessly following citizens.
  • Mass testing. With hiccups, but the intention is there.
  • All capable labs work 24/7 to find: medication, cure, vaccine.
  • Lockdown. Police and army safeguard it. Fines.
  • Forming unity government. With hiccups, but the intention is there.
  • Most infected, not seriously ill, in hotels or at home, not in hospital.
  • Feeling ill? Don’t go to the ER (infecting all). Call. We come test you.
  • Invention of 14 years: H-piece can put 4 patients on one ventilator.
  • Using unproven medication that seems to work on critical patients.
  • Exchanging information and advice with other countries, regimes.
  • Prioritizing healing over economy. The fastest road to restart market.
  • Keeping soldiers and conscripts at the bases to keep them free of virus.
  • Soldiers serving corona patients in the hospitals and old-age homes.
  • Soldiers bringing food, shopping to the elderly and frail at home.
  • Free plentiful meals and other essentials delivered at doorstep for the elderly by municipality, charity organizations, solders of the home front.
  • Especially addressing marginalized defiant groups (Arabs, Chareidics).
  • Generous money to help workers and employers weather the storm.
  • Prisoners, soldiers making protective gear for medical personnel.
  • The Internet and electricity hold up allowing many virtual meetings.
  • Minimal public transportation.
  • NIS 8 Billion support workers, independents, and small-business owners.
  • Honoring the elderly prominently in the mind of everyone.
  • Prosecuting of spreaders of fake coronavirus threats or cures.
  • The Lake of Tiberius is filling up from the plentiful winter rains.
  • More and more, patients are treated from a distance by robots.
  • Computers track movements of cell phones and use of credit cards to notify subscribers if they were long enough close to someone infected.
  • Trying to reach, not annoy, anti-Zionist groups: Charedics, Muslims.
  • One may file for unemployment or a police complaint online.
  • The government is importing planeloads of medical supplies.
  • A whole village gets cleared after everyone went into quarantine.
  • The IDF and Israeli weapon industry now make supplies for healthcare.
  • The IDF running crèches for children of medical personnel.
  • Good Israeli diplomacy buys essential in China, India, and even Turkey.

Unfortunately Not so Good:

  • The Free Press tends to give the mike to smart nonsense talkers.
  • Some still violate quarantine as they think it won’t happen to them.
  • Many are terrified (which is OK) but forget how safe we are.
  • Promotion of false security: wear masks or scarves.
  • Many patients with life-threatening illnesses avoid seeking medical help.

Let’s share with all that we are on to how to win this fight.

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. 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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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