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

Stop Judging Bibi for his son’s behavior

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

– Ezekiel 18:20, King James Version

There seems no limit to the bloodthirstiness of Netanyahu’s political rivals and people at large who buy the slander about him and hate him for it. Why do respectable news outlets and journalists cater to this primitive lust?

I understand if people dislike Netanyahu for being a capitalist, enriching the rich and impoverishing the poor – as long as they are not millionaires themselves, just trying to get his job.

I understand if people hate Netanyahu because he’s a typical politician, spinning words just to stay in power, what’s why they hate all politicians.

I understand if anarchists abhor Netanyahu because he’s part of the establishment. That’s what anarchists do.

And I understand if anti-Semites detest Netanyahu because for them he is symbolic for all Jews. He’s very proud of that.

But I do not appreciate Left-wingers who hate him because they are bad losers.

Instead of branding him the enemy, try to work with him. These Leftists are like the Arab leaders who through the generations rejected Zionism and ended up with nothing. How stupid hatred can make you.

Israeli politics is done for friends. Are your friends in the Coalition, you get perks important for your constituency. And if they are outside the Coalition you get nothing or the minimum – depending on how much power you can show at demonstrations, strikes and road blocks.

How stupid must one be not to join the Coalition and instead fill your time with foul mouthing the Prime Minister? Pathetic.

So that’s all I have to say, to denounce the Opposition?

Well, not necessarily so. I would like to see a new Israeli political culture, whereby the needs of minorities are taken into account. I still remember Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin saying that “the settlers” were only 2.5% of the electorate, so not interesting to take into account. I’m obviously not blaming the victim or justifying the murder on him – what an un-Jewish arrogance to kill somebody for disagreeing with him – but it shows how dangerous it is to delegitimize and disempower people.

But until Israeli politicians learn that losers to debates also have needs, and democracy is not a dictatorship of the majority, better be at the table than on the menu.

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To subscribe to his daily blog posts, click on the circle next to the blogger's picture, containing a dot with two quarter circles around it (the Feed Computer icon). * 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, 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. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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