Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Land for Hatred and the Two-State Solution

Telling fact from fiction

Israel tried. Land for Peace. They got land (parts of the West Bank and Gaza), and we got hatred, rockets at our villages and cities (a crime against humanity), terror attacks, an Intifada, and wars. They got their own State, and look what they did and wanted with it.

Many already pointed out that the slogan seems to say that Israel is less interested in land and the Palestinian Muslims less interested in peace.

No more. We learned land for peace doesn’t work. The dictator of Syria will never ever see the Golan Heights return. We’re slow but not stupid.

Later, it became clear that the idea of two States west of the Jordan River was also not economically viable. Even the Israeli extreme Left admitted the Two-State Solution was dead.

Meanwhile, foreign leaders kept flogging the dead horse, and we keep postponing to tell them it had become a pipedream like parents fearful of telling their kids that Santa doesn’t exist.

And still, the pro-Zionist US, Europe, and Arab world keep harping on a Palestinian State being the only solution, even after October 7. Not realizing that’s as ridiculous as in 1945 giving the Nazis their own State.

If Palestine needs to be divided, it was already, into the ‘Kingdom’ of Jordan and the democratic State of Israel. If Palestinian Muslims want their own State, it’s east of the Jordan, occupied by a ruthless ‘King.’ If they must liberate Palestine, it’s From the River to the Saudis, not to the Sea.

Egypt doesn’t want Gaza back, but it’s terribly poor. The World Bank must check how many billions it needs to agree to govern Gaza until there a generation grows up that can self-govern democratically and in support of Israel. Egypt has an excellent track record of keeping terrorists in jail, also thanks to purging the army and police of terrorists.

The vast majority of the West Bank now wants Chamas so neither they can be allowed to self-govern. Perhaps we need to give them the same regime as Gaza. After they become peace-loving, with Gaza, they can join Israel.

Turks and Iranians generally are OK, but their dictators should go. The Syrian dictator should be removed, too, so that Syrians could return to build up their country. Military power should depend on how well they remove Jew-hatred from their land. Lebanon without Chezbollah should not be a problem. The Lebanese are a nice, worldly people. Southern Lebanon could become part of greater Israel if its citizens would want.

Israel will keep its Jewish majority. Modern Muslims get fewer and fewer kids, and Israel, without war, will attract 7 million Jews from the Diaspora.

The citizens of Jordan and Egypt must undergo de-Nazification. Many long-term-Israeli Muslims and modern Germans could teach them.

The long-term overriding goal is not prosperity and dignity (the aim of the rich) or safety and peace (the aim of the nice) but equality and democracy.

This is all tiresome but doable. Cutting up Israel even more is no option.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 2000 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe too, here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates 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. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), 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), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers 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. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to his parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. 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 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. 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 an original 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. * His newest books you may find here:
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