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

Israel must at once reject Trump’s dangerous Peace Plan

Making the Donald Great Again
Making the Donald Great Again

People preparing the comprehensive Peace Plan for the Middle East constantly fly trial balloons to see how the parties would react to certain aspects. The newest feelers indicate that the plan is going in a totally dangerous direction, disconnected from the basics of what Israel needs for its survival. We need to speak up before it’s too late.

How do I know? They released a statement that “No one will be fully pleased with our proposal.” They defend that point of view with “Peace can only succeed if it is based on realities.” Well, what’s wrong with that, you should ask. I’ll tell you.

Israel has been making almost impossible concessions for decades with Arab Palestinian leaders doing nothing in return. Incitement has not diminished, there is no peace education, hatred against Jews stayed the norm. This has wholly distorted what both parties need. The Jewish State needs a lot; the Arab Palestinians got too much already. And that‘s the reality.

The Team

You should object: but look at this tremendous peace team: Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser; Jason Greenblatt, his special representative for international negotiations; David Friedman, his ambassador to Israel; and Nikki Haley, his envoy to the United Nations. I agree. Wonderful people, one-by-one. However, one person is not mentioned: Donald Trump himself. What, I doubt the Donald’s loyalty to Israel? No, I don’t but there is another problem.

Donald Trump sells himself as the ultimate negotiator but he’s not. He has two modes: bullying or totally submitting himself. He harasses friends (ask Europe, Canada) and placates enemies and dictators (ask Russia, North-Korea). Until shown differently, I suspect him of going against Israel.

Which would be trying to impose, as mentioned above, a dangerous plan.

And they should answer to the US popular representation and the US media, both of whom don’t really know what is happening in Israel.

Enough is enough

They must understand: Israel has been milked dry for compromises. Any more moves to please the other side are not just out of balance, they are mortally dangerous.

No more giving in by Israel. Not for nothing did the Israeli Left lose any chance to form a government for generations to come. They have sold out the Jews so much that hardly anyone would fall for that anymore.

Don’t assume, though, that the Arab Palestinian leaders would voice relief at the US trying to squeeze more concessions out of Israel. They will in any case say that it’s not enough, giving the false impression that the Plan can’t be so bad if both parties object.

Enough has been enough. And too much has been plenty.

For Trump, the ME is just a trip. For us it’s a place to live (for), not die (for).

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust survivors 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. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * 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, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism), Oppression and Liberation (of 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. 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. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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