Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Peace between Hamas and the Arab Palestinian Authority will give peace in the Middle East?

Could that be?

No way. Terrorists don’t just better their way, unless they are forced. I did not see any enforcement. Therefore, they changed their tactics but not their goals. Any other theory is as implausible as reports that the moon would now have decided to only shine by day.

Been There

Either, the PA has now joined Hamas’ ideal of destruction of Israel, or Hamas has now joined the PA’s pretense of peaceful cooperation with Israel in order to destroy it. Two bunches of murderers don’t voluntarily decide to work together to advance life and democracy from now on.

Israelis have been there and done that already, have hoped against our better judgment, berating ourselves that we should not be so fatalistic from the past and have an open heart for the future. We gave away half the country and counted thousands of dead and wounded as a result.

We have a cold peace with Arab Palestinians, Jordan and Egypt, where popular hatred for Jews goes on unabated. Their leaders and populations are not ready for peace, no matter what they pretend to believe. We were fooled manifold; we won’t be tricked again. Ever.

In light of the above, let’s have a brief look at the “leaked” agreement”.


In the name of God the Merciful, – How different from “We, the People”!

Among its goals are listed:

to establish a sovereign Palestinian state on all the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967 and to maintain a single democratic and pluralistic political system, with a peaceful transfer of power through elections.

The parties who signed this agreement are violating this every day for as long as they have control. So who cares that they say they ever will change this? Let them do so now!

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi’s hopes “to achieve an independent Palestinian state on the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital and a return for Palestinian refugees.”

El-Sissi is a good guy, but present Arab Palestinian leaders wanting “the same” must mean by “on the borders of June 4, 1967”: West of them.

The borders of June 4, 1967 include the Sinai peninsula, but somehow I think that el-Sissi is not ready to have that be the Arab Palestinian State.


Deeds speak louder than words. Let’s see Arab Palestinian leaders:

1. Release the two Israeli civilians who are in Hamas captivity — Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed — as well as return the remains of fallen IDF soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin.

2. Establish a single democratic and pluralistic political system, with a peaceful transfer of power through elections. Disarm militias, stop persecuting homosexual men and feminists, have freedom of the press, hold free elections (terrorists and hate mongers cannot be elected).

3. Educate against hatred for Jews.

4. Teach the sanctity of human life.

5. Propagate and help guarantee a safe and secure independent multicultural Israel as home state for the Jews.

6. Admit having been on the wrong side of history (like Germany) and declare to never be there again (like Germany).

Abbas demands that Hamas disarm itself and dismantle its armed brigades. Yet senior Hamas member Mousa Abu Marzook states that dismantling the terror group’s military was not up for negotiation. Egypt will host another Hamas-Fatah meeting a month from now.

For now, don’t hold your breath. Blue — ain’t looking that good on you.

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. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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