Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Prediction: the State of Israel will split into two halves

Don’t think for a moment that there is anyone in Israel who likes the Jewish State but who wants it to split in half. But if things develop the way I see it, it will. What would these two halves look like?

On the East, there will be a State with Jerusalem as its Capital and most inhabitants will be ultra-Orthodox, meaning: Charedi (“black hatters”), Chardal (“big knitted yarmulkas”) and fundamentalist Jews and Muslims.

They will be upbeat about their heightened chance to welcome the Redeemer sooner and about the better dress of most people. In the Arab cities, alcohol is outlawed and in the Jewish cities, TV is forbidden.

More to the West and South (Eilat!) will be a State of Israel with Tel Aviv as its Capital, with a total separation of religion and State. Most people would be full-time vegans and life would be prosperous and friendly.

Those Israelis daily enjoy the lack of any religious coercion. Tolerance and debate are nowhere more outspoken than there. Big sections of the population are activists, trying to create a better and juster society and export this around the world. There is little time for killing time (TV).

The two States will be at peace with each other. Citizens will be free to move and settle from one State to the other. East-Israelis will still relax at the gender separated beaches and West-Israelis will still visit the Wall. Yet, everyone is happy to be in their own corner and not in the others’, and to have the others out of the way.

(A similar thing is then tried by Arab Palestinians, with in West Palestine a vibrant wealthy secular democracy, after overturning Gaza’s Chamas junta and in East Palestine (formerly known as the Kingdom of Jordan) a very conservative society, after ousting the Hashemite dictators’ clan. But let’s focus on Israel.)

Unfortunately, Eastern Israel will turn out to be unmanageable because without a free press, no one will stop the powerful, the corruption and nepotism. Child molestation will sky-rocket because many pedophiles stayed or moved East. Divorce will be rampant because most closeted GLBTQ advisors and therapists will have vacated to the West.

Unfortunately, also Western Israel will not function well. Each person, will be obsessed with receiving “their rights,” without being too concerned about mutual obligations, which will result in widespread egotism and intermarriage. No one will want to serve the public and there will be a dangerous lack of soldiers and nurses. A 24/7 society without a day of rest will wreck homemakers, employees and activists.

The hard way, people in both countries will learn that the grass on the other side of the border is greener. Israel East will vote for reintroducing the free press and full democracy, while West Israel will invite Eastern neighbors to come and teach everyone about religion as a guide for life.

Both populations will discover that they need to learn deeply what the other knows. We will see the two States reunite, with now, most citizens very dedicated to religion, the whole country functioning completely as a democracy without any religious coercion and most inhabitants will be socially active inside the country and all over the world. At this sight of unity and glory, all nations will decide that they want to be close to the new Israel and make peace. Just in time before 300 million Jews from the Lost Tribes will immigrate to Israel, turning almost all of the old-time Israelis into Jewish teachers. But that’s a different story for another time.

(About how religion and secularism are interconnected in Judaism see: here.)

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. 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 what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 1400 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/ or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, 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 when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) 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 - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), 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. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers 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. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. * 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. When he can, 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, for Zionism, Intersectionality, 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. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to his 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, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * 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, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. 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 a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * 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. 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. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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