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

Jewish extremist right-wing Otzma Yehudit Party is following the PA leadership?

How come Jewish extremist rightwing Otzma Yehudit Party leadership seems to be taking a leaf out of the playbook of Arab Palestinian leadership?

For 120 years, the Arab Palestinian leaders around the emerging Jewish State have been uncompromising. All or nothing. For so many generations, it accomplished nothing but they will not try negotiating ever, it seems.

A similar principled stand we see now from the Jewish extremist rightwing Otzma Yehudit Party leadership. They’ve all kinds of [impossible] demands. And when not met, they will stay in the race for Knesset seats although all polls predict that they would not even get half of the votes needed to pass the electoral threshold. These are lost votes that could come in very handy for Netanyahu’s Likud. (Surplus votes will only go to other parties from parties that passed the threshold to begin win. If not, they are lost.)

They could, instead, aim to get goodies from the Likud in exchange for agreeing not to run. They could play hard to get and negotiate really nice presents. After all, a little is always more than nothing at all, no?

But they don’t play hard to get. They play impossible to get. Why? What do they gain by gaining nothing? Have they then not learned anything from Arab Palestinian history? Are they too addicted to playing victim and underdog? Are they more interested to show that they ‘are right’ than in getting anything done in their interest? Do they have no shame? They seem to lack the humility to see that they have no chance to pass the threshold.

Maybe their inaction has the same source as Arab Palestinian passivity — that they have no positive worldview. That all they have in mind is hatred? We see that hatred can make for strange bedfellows. Ultra-left and ultra-right can unite around antisemitism. Maybe, racist Jews and antisemitic Arabs could also see eye to eye? Strangely, so.

Les extrêmes se touchent, the French saying goes [opposites resemble].

But, truth being told, these are just a few extremist voters who would not vote if not for this party. So, no party looses anything if they’re on the ballot. Bibi knows that so he has no need to give them any concessions.

So, their refusal to run makes no sense but neither does bailing them out.

Which wouldn’t stop the ultra-Orthodox UTJ to try make a worthless deal.

Speaking of the Likud, also there is thought (secretly) that hatred unites their camp, especially “Arab Jews.” Hatred, the bigotry that keeps giving.

What a mess.

I like about Israel’s national elections that if you’re not happy with the way you voted, you get another chance soon. And if you’re not happy with how others votes, you better get used to it because it will not change ever.

Please go vote.

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 (, 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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