Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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The ‘Change coalition’ will root in hate and be uprooted by hatred

A left-wing Jew, a centrist Jew, a right-wing Jew, and a Muslim step into a bar …

What unites these strange bedfellows? Hatred.

1. They all hate Netanyahu. Some because they are on the left, some because they were unsuccessful in stabbing him in the back.

2. Homosexuals can wait. They are only 5% of the population. They’re used to being under the bus. The public supports them — that’s enough.

When Bibi returns strong enough after this hate fest, he won’t need the ultra-Orthodox anymore and he will make Gay-friendly Atheist-friendly legislation. So much for being right-wing.

3. Disdain for the People. We wanted Miriam Peretz to be the first female president and finally someone who’s not Ashkenazi and not a politician. N.B.: the function is largely ceremonial. No, the specialists and politicians knew better. Yesterday, they chose yet another president more of the same. Let’s not overlook that 75% of the Members of Knesset are male too. If that’s any indication, the new coalition will not serve the People.

This ‘Change’ shange will be a caretaker government. It won’t be able to do anything that has no total consensus. It’s a joke. We already had a demissionary cabinet. What do we need a second one for?

The only good that will come from it will be its ineptness and the revelation that these ‘passionate’ principle defenders are neither.

Shared hatred is no basis to unite. It’s even weaker than joint fear. This coalition won’t last. Then, Bibi will return stronger than ever and deliver.

Gantz should have stuck with Bibi. Since when are resentments important when the stakes are so high? And Bibi should have been an ally the Bedouin voters, at least since I wrote that. Now, they found someone else.

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 He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will.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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