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

Israel has and never will carry out “retaliatory strikes”

Israel’s enemies attack Israeli soldiers and civilians (a celebrated war crime) and their own population (dictatorships must act like this). However, Israel could never behave like that. The Jewish State is a parliamentarian democracy, with free assembly and a free press.

Outside of an active warzone, the State of Israel may commit two kinds of attacks:

  • For prevention:

The terrorists of Chezbollah gets new weapons from Iran in the middle of the night. Suddenly a rocket coming out of nowhere finishes off the whole shipment.

The junta in Gaza is getting the newest rockets from North-Korea. Suddenly, still in Ethiopia, the whole transport goes up in flames.

Prevention is the best medicine.

  • For deterrence:

The junta in Gaza again fired a rocket into Israel. Israel strikes after that.


I know, even Zionist outlets term them “retaliatory.” Just like women themselves may fail to notice when they’re treated as if second class. They then need a Tootsie to point out the internalized sexism. Maybe therefore, converts and newly religious (me) to Judaism may be extra fit to point out a lack of pride in Jews.

How did Jews ever get the stigma to be revengers?

Couple of answers:

  1. Guilt feelings in Gentiles. They know to what extent they don’t completely love Jews yet – not even plain hatred – “just” indifference. Their bad conscience connects with the myth of Jewish Power, instilling in them a fear that one day we’ll take revenge. In fact, many religious Monotheists, including Jews, believe that in the End of Days, G‑d will settle scores.
  2. Christian anti-Judaists (replacement theologians who believe that the Church has taken the Synagogue ‘s place, that Christians are now the apple of G‑d’s eye) point out that the “Old Testament” shows a revengeful G‑d, while their “New Testament” shows their supposedly superior concept of a loving G-d. I have a couple of things to say about that.

For starters, we Jews have felt pretty little of this Christian love towards us.

Further, G‑d wants to be served from our Free Will – not through coercion – and for our own good – not because G‑d would need us – G‑d doesn’t. When reason fails us to choose good, the awesome face of G‑d may come to our rescue. How so?

When temptation or confusion entices us to do something stupid, a holy fear of G‑d may help us to refrain. We may be tempted, though we know it would not be for anyone’s long-term good, but we still may not dare to.

An overly sweet G‑d is not enough deterrent against human wickedness. As we Jews have first-hand experienced best during the Holocaust. Christian Theology after Auschwitz should teach that the “Old Testament,” the Torah, does not have had its day. It is alive and well.

Its perfection is that it doesn’t try to be perfectly elevated. It’s not a guide for angels. Rather, it is – in close cooperation with the Oral Law (Mishnah, Talmud, Rabbis and Commentators) – down-to-earth enough to direct humans.

So, Judaism is not overly sweet. From that doesn’t follow that we are vindictive.


Therefore, no more “retaliatory strikes” – only “deterrent strikes.” This should be 101 in hasbarah. And preferably no needs for any strikes at all anymore, of course.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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 vegan for 8 years now. 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 lehavdiel 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, GLBTQAI, 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 quit 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 500st blog post with the ToI. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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