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

‘Netanyahu soars in new poll’

May 10, the Times of Israel headed: ‘Poll: 74% of Israelis approve of Netanyahu’s health response to pandemic.’ According to a poll, 74% of Israelis approve of PMs health response to pandemic, 53% approve of his economic handling of the crisis, 57% are worried about their finances.

June 9, the Times of Israel headed: ‘Netanyahu soars in new poll.’ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party would grow to 40 seats if fresh elections were held, and together with his right-wing religious allies could easily form a government without any of the Left-wing or Centrist parties.

On June 29, anti-Zionistic Haaretz reported that a Channel 12 News poll showed that 58 percent of Israelis support Netanyahu’s handling of the public health aspects of the corona crisis, while in a Channel 13 News poll, 57 percent say they’d obey any restrictions imposed by the government.

The Israeli public has a short attention span and no memory. Through no fault of our own, we’re overworked, overstressed, and under-slept. The truth is that three months ago, Bibi was doing great in the polls, and also two months ago, and one month ago. But no one remembers.

These are the facts, not opinions! Netanyahu would do good to remind us.

It’s not his fault that we got a second wave, got tired of corona, and got riled up by steady political, media, and ‘social’ media slander against him.

And he should not change anything. Bibi, just continue what you’re doing, head high, making the best of it. Even if at the present, almost everyone trashes you, like they trashed Golda Meir (everyone needs a scapegoat?), history will vindicate you and paint you as the great leader you are.

While outside the Jewish State, antisemitism soars, inside Israel, the PM is blamed. As if life gets better by heaping baseless blame on the guiltless who allegedly are all-powerful and when things go wrong must be evil.

Thank you, Bibi. Don’t ever change.

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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