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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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No to the US War Plan for the Middle East!

As to be expected and as I predicted, the main architect of his Mideast “peace plan” has now declared that both parties need to compromise. Doesn’t that sound reasonable?  No, it doesn’t for people who know anything about what is going on, for several reasons.

  1. Non-Jews want to come and kill all the Jews in Israel. Compromise: both parties need to give and take. What’s reasonable about that?
  2. Israel has been pressured to unilaterally finding the middle ground for decades, which has compromised (pardon the pun) its security greatly. No more!
  3. All these so-called bilateral processes always end up as a tool for the international community to force, fault and fine the only democratic partner, Israel. How naive and senile do they think we are to make the same mistakes again?

Kushner is still young but many Israeli’s have seen it all. It is unworkable. Even if they’d developed it for decades, by people who really carry Israel in their hearts, if the result is poor, it won’t work. And we can’t give our lives (again) for idle hopes. How arrogant – sorry to say – must these “peace builders” be to think that they know better than us?

As I mentioned before, as long as Bibi does not insist for the publication of the plan before the elections and does not explain why, we must suspect that he doesn’t want his voters to find out that he will fold again (Gush Katif), and we should vote right from the Likud.

There is no short-term solution. If you want to build for a long-term solution, teach our non-Jewish neighbors to love Jews.

And for those who are so “even-handed” that they must say that Jews should also learn to love Arabs, let me tell you that:

  1. A) More than half of Israeli consists of Arabs (Jewish and Gentile),
  2. B) When women are endangered by men, you don’t suggest that both parties need to learn to be more accepting of each other,
  3. C) Jews here love Arabs like no other group in the world loves their adversaries. (And not all Arabs are our enemies. Also, quite a number of them are really Zionist.) Almost all advocacy groups for Arabs in Israel are lead by Jews. Go lecture another nation, please.

No love for Jews, no peace in the Mideast. (And let Christians not give me this “Yeah, Islam.” With the history that Christians have towards the Jews, a little modesty regarding other religions would be fitting.)

Want peace here? Stamp out antisemitism. There is no alternative.

Sad but true.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. 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. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit about what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and education contribute to his visions. * To find less-recent posts on subject XXX among his over 1550 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, here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. Yet, 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 who don't deserve that. 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), 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. * 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. * 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. 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, anti-elitism, anti-bigotry and supremacy, for Zionism, Intersectionality, and 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. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to 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. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. * 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, empowering therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids non-violently. 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 being a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. He lives with his library in Jerusalem. Feel free to contact him. * His writing has been made possible by a (second-generation) Holocaust survivors' allowance 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.
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