Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Netanyahu’s four red lines in the hostage negotiations have me very worried

Read between the lines! Is a very bad compromise in the making?

I’m not nervous about his four points: 1. No permanent ceasefire, 2. No more weapons to Hamas from Egypt, 3 No return of armed terrorists to the North, and 4. Freeing the living hostages first. I feel worried about a missing point: not to release (suspected) murderers.

For freeing kidnapped Gilad Shalit, Israel freed over a thousand convicted murderers from prison. Many returned to murdering Jews, though they had signed a declaration that they wouldn’t—sounds like a joke, no?

Israel was done with freeing murderers. From now on, this was a past station. Don’t you remember? Why is this not one of Bibi’s red lines?

Even the hostile-to-Israel ICJ, slandering the Jewish State based only on terrorists’ information while ignoring facts saying the opposite, even that said Chamas must release the abducted immediately and unconditionally.

Don’t free Barghouti.

Don’t free terrorists captured alive after infiltrating Israel on October 7, awaiting trials for collectively committing mass murder, genocide, and a dozen plus crimes against humanity, including the kidnappings!

Don’t release other convicted terrorists rotting in jail for mass murder.

I’m afraid that ‘in exchange for Palestinian security prisoners’ is a euphemism for releasing bloodthirsty murderers from jail.

I don’t care if at the moment 99% of Israel’s population agrees to free them all. That’s why democracy is done by representatives of the People to do the right thing, even if the majority temporarily disagrees.

Bibi, your job is not to please the public but rather the historians.

Let’s go to the High Court to stop this. The highest court exists to halt the majority from violating minority rights. We each have the right to be safe and to show every terrorist in the world not to play games with us.

Freeing terrorist murderers for political reasons makes a joke of the whole justice system. When I am caught riding a bus without paying, I get a $ 50 fine. When I mass murder Jews, I go free?

And don’t give me: “You would talk differently when the kidnapped were your family.” But most of the demonstrators and most people in the polls who say to get the hostages free now are also not close family members.

No, I don’t blame or condemn the close ones for demanding immediate release. That’s what I and my synagogue pray for, too. But sometimes, you can’t get what seems right. As Esther Wachsman taught us: “It’s not that G^d didn’t hear our impressive prayers. He heard them, but He said No.”

(Those who blame G^d, to me, sound like self-important, spoiled brats.)

Besides, I wrote years ago that if I were kidnapped, I don’t want to be exchanged for murderers. Is my blood redder than the blood of others?

Besides, there are close ones of these hostages that say the same thing.

Mind you, most of the security and IDF top are super left-wingers. They were ‘shocked’ at the ‘tough’ conditions Bibi gave to the press when they were delegated to continue negotiation. Just imagine how far they would go without Bibi’s minimalistic guardrails. If Yair Lapid agrees, you know you’re far to the left.

It backfires to humiliate Chamas to move them to be more flexible in the hostage negotiations. They need to agree while pretending they are invincible and give in from the goodness of their hearts.

There is an alternative. Worldwide economic sanctions for all countries that support and maintain Chamas until they release all hostages unconditionally or are completely isolated and die from hunger.

  1. There will be no release of convicted or suspected murderers.

Talking about missing points:

  1. Israel must be free to fight Chezbollah and Iran when needed.
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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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