Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Prediction: Netanyahu will prevent early elections

Bibi will make sure we won’t have elections in another 3 months because:

  • Most people won’t yet have their job back from the corona crisis.

Only when the economy will go well again for most people can Bibi claim and show that he both saved human life and the economy.

  • All the four main Bibi-backstabbers try to run on a joined ticked.

Three months is a bit short for them to begin killing off each other.

  • His three trials will just have gotten underway.

It takes more time to show clearly what a bunch of hot air it all is.

  • Biden is not going to bomb Iran; will leave the dirty work to Israel.

It’s better to go to the polls after showing he’s Mr. Safety and Security.

  • More and more hostile regimes are warming up to Israel.

The longer Bibi waits to go to the polls, the larger ‘his’ harvest will be.

  • He might need more time to split the main Arab party.

It’s a hobby of his: party splitting. And he’s good at it.

  • You never know what elections will bring.

As long as he’s PM, why risk it? Just, now it’s getting fun again. (The spats between Bibi and Gantz are mainly for ratings.) It could be his last years in office anyway. He’s not a spring chicken anymore. It would be nice to have more time to push his choice for a successor into the limelight: Nir Barkat.

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Any chance there are arguments for having immediate elections?

  • Elections now would catch most of the competition ill-prepared.

But most others will be ill-prepared any time in the future too.

We may have early elections but not yet. Besides, we just went to the polls thrice. We can’t say that we were not asked what should come next.

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Meanwhile, Trump is not welcome to live in New York City or Mar-a-Lago anymore. I told you back in September, he’s coming to Hertzliah, Israel. Just what we need: an extra bit of national entertainment.

Though Trump is very welcome in Israel, his plane seat reservation should be cancelled once to give precedence to Jonathan and Esther Pollard.

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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