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

Sorry, Pete Buttigieg. You don’t know the first thing about the Jewish State

Democratic candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg again has weighed in on Israel and now proven again that he’s completely in the dark about the Jewish State. He opined that Trump’s recognition of Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights was interfering in Israel’s democracy, empowering the Right. How little does he know.

There is an almost complete left-to-right consensus in Israel that the annexation of the Golan Heights is not negotiable. To support that, is propping up the whole of democratic Israel and not taking sides.

It’s not Pete’s first blunder on Israel. Earlier, he threatened Netanyahu that, as president, he would restrict money to Israel if he would go too extreme for his taste.

But the two pronouncements seem contradictory: Being fair and respectful of Israeli democracy and so not help the Right in Israel but still to try to intimidate its rightwing PM. Is the mayor talking from both sides of his mouth? I read nowhere that he changed his mind.

Most likely, his agenda is to go against the Right. That means to criticize Trump for helping Bibi and also antagonizing Bibi.

Unglamorously, he’s not the only one in the Democratic field who thinks that Israel would put its safety on the line for pleasing a hostile US president or that it has leaders who can be bought. Bernie is equally ill-informed and selectively irritated and antagonistic to the Jewish State.

President Clinton also took sides by especially flying to Israel to tell us before national elections that “Yesh berirah” — you have a choice [to vote for the Left]. Thankfully, his unbelievable chutzpah failed.

How sad that such a smart good-meaning guy as Mayor Pete, who experienced oppression on his very body (Gays’ oppression is a form of racism), so right on almost anything, is so undereducated on Israel.

And he’s not the first. President Obama and John Kerry were exactly the same. If he wants to honor his real predecessor (Trump was just noisy in-between), he shouldn’t copycat him but improve on him on Israel.

He must stop believing (and reading) Haaretz and other anti-Zionist outlets. They only lie and misinform to hide the plain truth that “anti-Zionism = anti-Semitism.” (When will the UN finally adopt that slogan?)

Get real information from the fair quality media, like the Times of Israel.

Even if you don’t become president or VP, now or in the future, you need to get this one right. Many people trust your take on things.

It would also help to make Jews in the USA feel safer.

Other Ignoramus

In other, unrelated news, the murderer of Prime Minister Rabin was punished with no phone contacts for two months because he gave a phone interview. Reportedly, to protest that, he’s started a hunger strike. He didn’t get it when he killed and he still doesn’t get it. You can “threaten” self-affliction if most of the country wants you dead. That’s like Trump “threatening” that he’ll resign if further attacked. Go ahead!

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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 vegan for 8 years now. 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 lehavdiel 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, GLBTQAI, 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 quit 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 500st blog post with the ToI. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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