Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Some thoughts on Netanyahu’s guilt or innocence

All this time, I assumed that he was innocent, seeing that he’s slandered all the time by the opposition without them having any proof of wrong-doing. Instead of attacking him with alternative viable political plans, which they don’t seem to have, or trying to join his government.

Now the police has recommended to indict him for bribery. It is unlikely he has sinned there, given how scrupulously he is not to do anything that could be interpreted wrongly, according to a worker for him. People don’t go out of their way to defend someone else, if it’s baseless.

Now he has given a press conference to explain and underline his position. I’m with Bibi. He deserves it.

I don’t blame the Police. They should be paranoid and suspect foul play everywhere and always. It’s up to a judge to say if there is anything to it.

I don’t blame the critical media. It’s their important democratic job to hunt for truths uncomfortable to the powerful. (I do not include in this distinguished profession those news outlets who just fabricate animosity against Netanyahu, many times per day, day after day, year after year.)

Not that Bibi doesn’t know how to lie and flatter. That’s part of being a capable politician. At first, Netanyahu didn’t get it how to do this. He saw politicians lie and cheat and thought: I can do that. In his first term of PM he lied to everyone. In no time everyone was his enemy, and he was ousted. So that’s not how you do it. You lie only when someone is out to get you or for people you need to protect. You don’t trust murderers and give them your heart and secrets. But your allies must be able to trust you — as long as they don’t double cross you. Not all lying is bad in politics. Not all lying is a criminal offence. Since then, he’s doing very well.

It now turns out that the main witness against the PM is his main political rival. “He had no choice but to testify,” an ex-police political ally of the accuser said. That is obviously untrue. A decent opponent would have recused himself and said that he will not give testimony against his rival. Otherwise it really would seem as if for political reasons one tries to get rid of the Prime Minister. Not this guy.

Worse is that this accuser did not testify to facts, but rather volunteered his opinion.

Again we see that indecent political opponents are behind getting rid of Netanyahu.

In any case, I would like it if the attorney general would decide not to indict because the cases are groundless. But I have a second reason.

If Netanyahu is found guilty of illegal dishonesty, we’ve pretty little alternatives for him, who would look any more pure, on the other side of the aisle.

Netanyahu’s cases do not compare to the cases against ex-PM Olmert because about the latter everyone knew that he was crooked but the question was always: can it be proven? With Bibi that’s not the case.

Besides the six cases of suspected fraud, I know a seventh one. US President Trump has declared himself against the green agenda saving the climate. Netanyahu has continued to breathק most enthusiastically, clearly indicating that he doesn’t care about poor air quality (he smokes cigars). He should be suspected of favoring and supporting Trump in exchange for a personal benefit of limitless free air.

I wanted to criticize Bibi on his smoking of cigars or drinking alcohol. But then I realized that taking care of the State for us causes him stress. While I think that there is better stress management, I don’t want to criticize someone who does me favors. However, the WHO should add to risks of smoking that it can be bad for your political survival.

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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