Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews -- For those who like their news and truths frank and sharp

New elections? Most of it, I cheerfully take in stride.

Our two alternate PMs play chicken for months already. I ignore it. I only take note that Gantz doesn’t get intimidated or fooled by Netanyahu any longer. For me, that means that he’s ready to take over. Bibi, thank you for finally training a successor — just not anyone we expected.

Frequent national elections in Israel have super side benefits. Ministers elbow themselves into the spotlight with lucrative handouts to sectors whose votes they seek. The forgotten are suddenly remembered. Even 500 Ethiopians, after decades, are suddenly welcomed as new immigrants.

In Israel, already never a dull moment, just before elections, new parties are formed, others are fused, and still others break up. New leaders appear, old leaders are dumped, and some are recycled. Chiefly amusing are the losers of old who try to self-promote to lead a new effort to lose.

But what will never change will be the pollsters with their steady faulty methods and predictions, and baseless self-confidence. They are like the weather forecast. They only talk about what will be and never about the mistakes they made. Except, the weather forecasters are sometimes right.

I watch it that the political ‘news’ doesn’t cost me time. I skip anything about why others are terrible. I read a little bit of what everyone says they want. And make sure I don’t believe it. That’s it. In fact, I win time. Because of all the election circus, suddenly, international news is ‘reduced.’

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Only, seriously, also soon to be elected, but not by the public, is Israel’s next President. I want to reiterate: Shame on all Ashkenazic, men who are now promoted or self-promoting! (One needs to speak aggressively and loudly to such entitled people or they won’t even hear or notice you.)

It’s high, very high time for a number of women and Mizrachic candidates to head our State. Very capable people are waiting in the wings. Out of the way, arrogant bastards (apologies to bastards)! All these Ashkenazic male Presidents were great. But enough is enough! And too much is plenty.

We must now harp against male and Ashkenazic privilege! Please join and let our voices swell to a choir. No more patience or tolerance for bigotry. We should teach and ingrain: not choosing a Mizrachic woman is indecent.

Miriam Peretz is a Mizrachic woman of accomplishment. An educator and recipient of the Israel Prize, for Lifetime Achievement for “Strengthening the Jewish-Israeli Spirit,” her presidency will be carried by the People and has as an added benefit that she’s not from the political field — no offense.

Update: This symbolic job, as far as I know, is the only one in Israel open to a Jew only. It’s a Jewish State. An Arab businesswoman wanting to run for this office either doesn’t know this, (dis)qualifying her already, or she runs to protest this. Either way, the misreporting JPost is totally ignorant of this.

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 (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), 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. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX among the over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon, and search: "zuiden, XXX". * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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