Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Israel’s right to unite?

A “new” suggestion: if Bibi steps aside, the Right-wing parties in Israel can unite and without the ultra-Orthodox form a stable government.

Small problem: The anti-Bibi attitude has as little to do with Bibi as antisemitism has to do with Jews or sexism has to do with women.

The thing the ‘alternatives for Bibi’ parties like about each other is that the others are also against Bibi. But they have also in common, each of them with the others, that they are led by men who are totally obsessed by their leadership qualities and have tried to overtake Bibi — who disliked that.

And I don’t know if their egos are so gigantic or their jealousy.

These ‘Right but not Bibi’ men can’t even unite before the elections.

No, it will be Bibi again (until Barkat takes over — he’s not a backstabber) with the two ultra-Orthodox parties and one more right-wing party willing to swallow its pride and forgo survival for some short-term political gain and ego boost. (Next to Bibi, every leader and party just melts away.)

Meanwhile, when Bibie’s strict with the lockdown, he’s called a dictator. When he’s lenient, he’s called a murderer. When he understands that you can’t rule against whole sections of the population but rather need to slowly influence them and their leaders, he’s accused of capitulation.

He is leading the country with wisdom and capitalism (I dislike one of the two; guess which) and there is no alternative in sight. All the accusations, legal or populist, have no bearing on what’s happening or will happen. It is only his wisdom that makes that Israel will be the first vaccinated country in the world. And only he will stop terrorist Iran from becoming atomic.

And the Left is too pathetic to even play any role. The only quality leader it got in decades is Gantz but he’s now disliked. He’s just too good for them.

IMHO, there are two ways to waste one’s vote: to vote for a party that won’t pass the threshold or to vote for one that will sit in the opposition and is willing to complain for a couple of years on taxpayers’ money.

If you won’t vote Likud, pick a party willing to strike a coalition agreement with it. The never-Bibi guys are just collecting votes for their egos.

Kudos to the Arab politicians who contacted Bibi to get things done for their constituencies. The (conservative) Arab public will finally integrate into Israeli society, not via Meretz, Labor, or the left, but via the Likud.

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 (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), 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: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ 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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