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

Kamala Harris, more than the Black vote, will secure the Jewish vote, and Israel

As I predicted and deeply hoped for, Joe Biden has selected Kamala Harris as his running mate. Not only is she the first Black US candidate VP but also the first Asian and the third female one. She loves breaking records. (More than ‘a victory for Black women,’ this is a triumph for America to continue the George Floyd momentum to rid the USA from systemic racism.)

For Biden, this is a cautious, comfortable, safe choice. They’ll make a fine team. But for Israel, she is the most extreme choice he could have made, meaning the safest. Israel bashing has been growing in popularity among Democrats, but she will have none of it, after fine Indian tradition.

Besides being a fierce and staunch fighter against injustice, she knows something that also the greatest opera singers mastered. To stand there and let crowds cheer and applaud you and pretend you like it, it feeds you.

Progressive US Jews are becoming increasingly torn about whom to vote for in 2020. Go for the vulgar bully, bigot, and supremacist who claims he loves Jews and Israel (but somehow not Jonathan Pollard) or a person who stands at the right side of history but was part of the Obama team that deeply betrayed the Jewish State? Not anymore. With Harris, we have an ally in the White House who will neither betray us nor shut up. Thank G^d.

BTW: To assume she’s pro-Israel because her husband is Jewish and not in her own right is simply sexist. Furthermore, it’s a mistake (and anti-Semitic myth,) to assume someone won’t be critical of but loyal to Israel because s/he’s Jewish. Do I need to remind you of Bernie Sanders and J Street?

I don’t know if Biden insured his platform doesn’t attack ‘the Occupation’ because he’s closer to Israel’s heart than his former White House boss, or on the advice of or to please Harris, or that the same pro-Zionistic stance that made him choose this policy also made him pick this running mate.

Donald Trump has only one option left to win from this ticket. To ask Nikki Hayley as his running mate. Two women from India for the penultimate highest office, both deep friends of Israel. Win-win (but one will lose).

Somehow, Trump always opts for the unforeseen and unpredictable. So I hereby recommend to him, pick Nikki. So he won’t. Reverse psychology. Trump will be unceremoniously carried out of the White House by the military, unable to resist because of bone spurs and a slippery ramp.

And the whole world will breathe a sigh of relief when a strategist enters the Oval Office, a diplomat who’ll reward friends and oppose opponents. And who will bring wars, including in the Middle East, further away from us. What’s truly good for Israel has always been the best for everyone.

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, 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. * 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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