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

It’s a Plan! It’s a Deal! No, it’s a change of the narrative.

All the complexity of Trump’s presentation explained in 37 easy sentences

Three years in the making, Trump’s Deal of the Century is not what we were promised. Many were disappointed and are now complaining.

Before, many wondered how one could make a Deal with the Palestinians if they’re not at the table. How can that be fair? Now, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggests that the Arab Palestinian leadership comes up “with a counteroffer.” This shows what Trump’s Peace Plan is all about.

It’s merely a better presentation of Israel’s needs. It merely breaks the all-inclusive mantra outside of Israel that Israel just needs to allow for an Arab Palestinian State at the West Bank of the Jordan River and all will be fine.

So, the Deal of the Century is not a deal at all. It’s neither a peace plan. It is rather, telling the world the legitimate needs of the Jewish State. And that the Arab Palestinian People can have all they want, a State and prosperity, if they’d “only” overthrow their Jew-hatred and autocratic corrupt leaders.

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On top of this, there is a ME lack of democracy (no real elections, freedom of the press, equality for the law, human rights, etc.), all around Israel.

On the one hand, that gives temporary relief where the regime is more-or-less friendly to Israel but the population would like to kill all Jews today still (Jordan, Egypt, PA). On the other hand, it is an outright economic disaster where the regime and the population both would like to kill all Jews today still (Gaza, Syria) and where the regime would like to kill all Jews today still but the population would not (Lebanon, Iran). It’s a mess.

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But secondly, it gives the false impression that in the near future, an Arab Palestinian State would be possible on the West Bank. Netanyahu knows that there is no Arab Palestinian willingness to come even close to meet any of the conditions for such statehood, so he happily signed on to it.

However, by incorporating this nonsense, the narrative became unreal and dangerous. It keeps everyone fruitlessly talking about the “Occupation” and a third (on top of Gaza and Jordan) Arab Palestinian State.

Jews outside of Israel and Gentile leaders there who are friends of Israel, not inhibited by too much ME knowledge, for decades, have been harping on a Two-State Solution. Two Sates, living side-by-side in peace, security, and prosperity. While the problems are not at all the West Bank and not a need for an Arab Palestinian State. The problem is a centuries-old hatred for Jews which is not defeated like Nazism and old Christianity in WW II.

It’s not a deal or plan of the century. It’s partly useful in presenting Israel’s needs. But it is not perfect in that. It’s merely a stepping stone for better Israeli PR but not for 100 years to come. Maybe for five years.

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Yet, thirdly, it played with the Israeli mind, which has a memory as a goldfish. Left and right here had already agreed that an Arab Palestinian State on the West Bank was not viable and that (the real) population figures show that locally, Jews are becoming increasingly more numerous than the Muslims. Therefore, the new consensus was to annex most of the West Bank and give the Muslims living there a path to citizenship.

With bombastic and euphoric celebrations, the overdone reception of Trump’s narrative has overridden this what-to-do-next idea. Bad stuff.

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Last but not least, the staging of the Deal of the Century was a PR stunt, two Stay Out of Jail Free cards for the political leaders of Israel and the US.

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And this is all there is. Better PR for Israel, Bibi and the Donald. Keeping the false impression that a new Arab Palestinian State were possible and to bring bliss. And stopping Israel from annexing most of the West Bank.

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Meanwhile, as part of its ongoing disinformation about the lack of peace in the Middle East, the former Palestinian Post now falsely reports that Israeli-Arab cities laugh and joke about the Trump plan to transfer them to a future Arab Palestinian State. Rather, really they are furious about it

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 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. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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