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

Netanyahu’s big nationalist blunder

Over-ambitiousness defeats itself – the genie is out of the bottle

Recently, I explained that the Israeli PM lost his political marbles. I want to revisit the story because I have more to say about it but also because – differently from the surrogacy scandal – it refuses to fade from the news.

All kinds of groups of Gentiles were relatively happy to live in Israel. There is no official racism or bigotry. Popular, institutionalized and governmental prejudice is successfully fought in the courts, there are a complete democracy from equality – who would not want to live here?

Comes this new law “to secure the Jewish basis” of the Jewish State (that was secure as it was, thank you very much – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it) and pandemonium, all hell, breaks loose.

There is an Israeli saying – borrowing words from the Sages – that if you want to grab too much, you might end up with nothing, that being over-ambitious defeats itself. And this is what the Nation-State Law seems to do.

Defenders of the new law say that no rights of any of Israel’s minority are curtailed. However, to placate the Druze, Netanyahu proposes a repair bill, giving away that there is something to repair.

Giving away that there is something to repair.

The Maariv/JPost story that made me write this blog post, however, claims that the new law does no harm, harms no one, is a non-issue, a product of the press making a case out of no case, instead of reporting correctly that the new law is fine. The only issue would be emotional: some people got offended, others felt left out by it. This is – according to this author – something the press should clarify, and that’s the end of it.

That’s what we would say if in a certain country Holocaust denial would be enshrined in the law: that no one will lose any rights from it, that all the opposition is just emotional?

The author reminisces about all the different way that all the years the Druze had no problem with Israel’s Jewish character. Well, I have news for him: the genie is out of the bottle. It passed the point of no return.

It’s like slapping someone in the face. You can cry all you want that you didn’t mean to and you’re sorry but the relationship has changed forever.

Live with it.

And Israeli Jews, please protest this law as Jews, not just in solidarity with Israeli Druze, Circassia, Bedouin, Muslims, Christians and secular Gentiles. As Jews, we believe in strict political equality and don’t want to be linked to the slightest whiff of ethnic or religious hegemony, supremacy, privilege or coercion. And surely, when defending your ideas, use moderate language to characterize your opponents and their positions.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * 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. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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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