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

Liberman is a political hawk but …

Avigdor Lieberman, the only politician who looks better when he doesn't try to smile ....
Avigdor Lieberman, the only politician who looks better when he doesn't try to smile ....

Liberman is a political hawk who makes Netanyahu come out a dove. He’s for capital punishment for terrorists and wants to bomb the Gaza Strip back to the Stone Age. Those kinds of stupidities. (My excuses to people with a low IQ.) But he’s so progressive as to want to sit in a national unity government and start separating state and synagogue.

Until the elections, he will receive smear campaigns from both the left and the right. But in the end, the only government that is feasible will be a centrist one, uniting the reasonable part of the left-leaning Blue and White and the sensible section of the right-leaning Likud. And Liberman can then be credited for initiating it and pushing for it.

Both these two large parties have prominent political idiots and experienced liars. Nowhere is perfection.

And still, the more Liberman will be attacked, fairly or unfairly, the more votes he’ll get, the more relevant he and his agenda will become.

Netanyahu lost Liberman and was left with a 61/59 majority. He called elections and received what he called an enormous victory, without Liberman 60/60. He called new elections again and will get something like 59/61 against him. The voters are very clear.

And so is Liberman. He always says simply what he wants. He doesn’t play hide-and-seek or other political games. He always has good press coverage because all journalists know that when he calls a press conference, he will say something substantial.

It is kind of a contradiction. That he left a rightwing government that refused to confront the Junta in Gaza. But he’s willing to sit in a centrist government with leftwingers willing to restart a peace process – may Heaven have mercy on us! But he understands political compromise. You can’t get everything but you should each get something.

And the more Netanyahu vows not to sit with Liberman again, the more that will come true: a government with most of the Likud but without Netanyahu — because he then wrote himself out of the script.

The extremist religious parties have had their time. A smart one (Shas?) might still join any government because one accomplishes more by sitting in government than by grumbling from the sidelines.

Liberman — watch his star go higher and higher.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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 vegan for 8 years now. 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, 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. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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