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

The big winner: Avigdor Lieberman

Prediction
Avigdor Lieberman, the only politician who looks better when he doesn't try to smile ....
Avigdor Lieberman, the only politician who looks better when he doesn't try to smile ....

Avigdor Lieberman‘s Yisrael Beitenu will become the third-largest party. From reactionaries, they’ve become centrists by embracing their GLBTs.

Likud has gone down one seat per election cycle and will lose again.

The Israeli voters are very clear:
Netanyahu is OK but needs to work out a deal with Lieberman
Blue and White is OK too but must work out a deal with the Likud
Wanted: a broad centrist government without all the extremists

Meanwhile, we’re doing fine with our outgoing lame-duck administration.

After such a cabinet is formed, the stock market will jump and the peace process will die once more since there is no majority that believes a safe peace is possible without first ending hatred for Jews in the region.

Women and Children First: Bibi

An unrelated election event: It is just silly, how the Israeli PM is made fun of by the left and the right for letting him be brought to safety when rockets threatened him during a speech. What was he supposed to do?

Former PM Yitzchak Rabin refused to listen to the secret service recommendation to put on a bullet-proof vest. That doesn’t make his murder suicide (the real murderer rots in jail) but it’s nevertheless irresponsible. Be a hero while surviving, rather than dying for the cause.

You also can’t say that Bibi was wrong for being brought to safety while “most of his audience was left unprotected.” It wasn’t like being on a ship in the middle of the ocean, going down and the captain refusing to die with the passengers. The chance of getting hit was incredibly small. We all can take such a chance but not our political leader. Opponents who talk differently aren’t fit for leadership or they’re just opportunists, trying to manipulate voters. The second possibility is normal in politics.

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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