Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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The Arab Palestine Israel Puzzle Simply Solved

There we go again. We have a new Peace Process(ion), now led by US President Trump.

We are embarking again on the trail of Israel doing concessions and Arab Palestinian leaders saying: not enough, not enough, nice but not enough, not enough – revolt – we’re out – poor us.

We know this chorus:

That is no road to peace.

That is a dead end.

Many times entered.

But still a dead end.

And always will be.

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On an old RC-church wall (here!) in the center of the historic and disappeared Jewish quarter of Amsterdam (Mozes en Aäronkerk, side of the Jodenbreestraat) for years, in the eighties, was written a ten-word generic graffiti with big white-paint letters:

There is no way to peace

Peace is the way

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I think that most of us can agree on these real truisms:

  1. The democratic Jewish State of Israel will not disappear.
  2. There needs to be a economically viable Palestinian State.

One can try to force these puzzle pieces where they don’t belong but that will make for an ugly picture. The jigsaw only fits this way:

  1. Areas of the West Bank of the Jordan River gets independence – the rest goes to Israel.
  2. For economic viability, these areas will form a confederation with present Jordan (previously: Transjordanian Palestine).
  3. The love-the-Jews-challenged King of Jordan is heading the new confederation named United Palestine.
  4. All legal oppression of Palestinians in former Jordan and all other violations of human rights there are uprooted.
  5. When Gaza too will acquire a democratic regime that respects human rights, it may join the new United Palestine.
  6. United Palestine, Egypt and Lebanon replace •hate-the-Jews education by ♥we-protect-Jews education.
  7. The economically powerful US and Arab States heavily subsidize the above if these commitments are kept.
  8. We will all live happily ever after.

None of the above regimes or populations initially need to like any of these points. But non-compliance will mean utter poverty (see point 7). That should make the choice easy.

What are we all talking about and waiting for?

Please, spread the word.

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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