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

Israeli PM Lieberman?

Avigdor Lieberman, the only politician who looks better when he doesn't try to smile ....
Avigdor Lieberman, the only politician who looks better when he doesn't try to smile ....

Could the leader of one of the smaller parties become the new Prime Minister? The simple answer is yes.

Netanyahu doesn’t really want the center-left bloc Blue and White. Which doesn’t want the Likud-right-wing combi. This seems end of story for a coalition of mainly these two parties, which together form a large majority. But there is a third way.

Lieberman doesn’t want the Arab and the religious parties but everyone else is welcome — a vast majority. He’s a good negotiator. He can try to get all the compromise-minded pragmatic Members of Knesset in one boat. That would break up most of the fractions. (A broken fraction still doesn’t have to be a splinter.)

What could we expect from PM Lieberman?

Redrawing the political landscape. Many parties will split into a part that will join the coalition and a part that will join the opposition.

Political stability. Compromises making many people happy.

For the rest, the same as from PM Sharon. With one exception. Sharon was able to push through yet another doomed peace process. Israel has learned. No more. The Trump ‘peace plan’ will not be executed and thousands of deaths will be so avoided.

We can expect progress in the direction of more separation between State and Synagogue. Not completely because of the religious coalition members who are willing to compromise.

We can expect progress in the direction of more separation between State and Synagogue. Not completely because of the religious coalition members who are willing to compromise.

We can expect a process of absorption of the West Bank with an option to the Arabs living there to either leave to another country or embark on a path to full Israeli citizenship.

The economy will be booming and Israel will expand its world leadership in areas as climate change, international diplomacy (world peace), and helping the many totalitarian regimes represented in the UN, convert into full democracies without participation of anti-democratic parties.

Public opinion will become a driving force, no less than voters’ behavior. Let’s be wise in prioritizing reading real news and recognizing and ignoring the fakes. Have a good new year and a good new decade for all!

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. 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 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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