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

Lieberman, deal breaker or kingmaker?

The Yisrael Beitenu leader is roundly pointed out as the one spoiling Netanyahu’s ability to form a rightwing government. Some praise him for that, calling it standing up to dictatorial Netanyahu or to the ultra-Orthodox bullies. Others say that he should show more flexibility, but without explaining why he should be a hold-out and not his opponents.

I think that both types of comments are not correct. Lieberman’s not frustrating anyone on purpose. He’s just standing up for the core of what his voters voted for: more separation between State and Synagogue.

In any case, Lieberman never talks nonsense, and in his latest pronouncement lies that key to solving it all.

When Blue and White, always ready to sound like opportunists, started to claim “helpfully” that now it’s their turn to try form a (center-left) government, Lieberman quickly declared that he’ll only sit in a Netanyahu government. He didn’t say: “a right-wing Netanyahu government.” Both the Likud and Blue and White came out at the front of the pack and should join in governing. Both parties hold enough centrist ideas to find an easy middle ground.

So, to avoid expensive elections, which would only double Lieberman’s power and so solve nothing, Bibi only needs to walk over to Blue and White and quickly make a deal. Some Blue and White and some Likud Members of Knesset will bolt but enough of them will stay to make a broad giant centrist government in which there will be a simple place for Shas, Yisrael Beteinu and others too. Just what Netanyahu needs to deal with Trump’s Peace Plan. And just like I predicted all along.

The current threat of repeat elections just doesn’t sound genuine. It looks real but that’s exactly the whole goal of bluff.

Tonight — Israel time — we’ll know who was holding the winning hand.

But if — unfortunately — we’ll go to new elections, anything can happen. Blue and White could split up. The ultra-Orthodox could unite. Lieberman surely will emerge doubled. The New Right will make the threshold easily. But in any case, Likud will emerge the largest party again, sending King Bibi to form the next government. Losing is not his style. Mark my words.

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.
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