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

Not merely a law enforcement conflict of interest torpedoes Netanyahus’ trials

Netanyahu says for years already: There was nothing, there is nothing, and there will be nothing. He means, no sign of his guilt. Because there was foul play for sure–or at least the kind you would think. New press revelations reveal alleged cheating at many of the top positions connected to the court cases against the Netanyahus. They supposedly lied about and covered up a clear conflict of interest for a key investigator of these cases.

Yet, this revelation, no matter how correct, highlights the wrong problem.

The issue is not in the legal category of conflict of interest. The core trouble lies in a network of dishonesty and immorality. NB: I know an honest policeman. But he’s not chief of the police. And seldom bad cookies are picked out because of the culture of protecting each other. The whole of Israeli society seems to revolve around who knows who.

I’ve been at court cases where everyone was lying except the judge. The prosecutor, the police, the lawyer for the defense, the expert to testify, and the character witness. How is such a judge supposed to rule fairly?

I asked an experienced lawyer/liar what interests law enforcement officials have to fabricate cases. He said: The stars of police and prosecution officials rise when they ‘solve/resolve a case,’ even if it never existed.

We need an overhaul of law enforcement. Incorruptible people at the helm, well-supported, strong enough to fire all the people for whom honestly is a relative issue. Then lying lawyers should be suspended and with repeat, disbarred. And last but not least: the public should no longer be willing to vote for politicians who lie to them. This is a Jewish country. The Jewish Tradition places an enormous weight on being honest.

Last but not least, Netanyahu should stop with his blanket condemnation of the press. Now the free press proved invaluable in uncovering this scandal. Honor where honor’s due, he should praise them without reserve.

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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