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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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The ‘Deal of the Century’ is rather going to spark wars for a century

The delusional lip-sealed son-in-law of Donald Trump has spoken again. It is again a dire warning of the mess the Trump team is going to create here, right after Israel’s national elections. He now has declared that their “Deal of the Century” will have solutions to all the core problems and it wants to sort out borders and also, that the Arab Palestinians from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank should unite under one leadership. This is all so nonsensical — even without him spilling the beans on the details — that it is hard to decide where to start pointing out the hot air.

I also could have headed this post: “Help, my brain surgeon is an amateur!”

Really deal with all the issues? Let’s look at the ONLY issue there really is: hatred for Jews. That needs to be dealt with and that must be a long-term project. So, there will be total disaster from any rush “solution” and any strategy that doesn’t deal with this or only sees it as one of many issues.

Unity sounds nice but murderers uniting is not nice at all. As long as the general atmosphere in the Arab Palestinian world is one of Jew hatred, there is no giving them any power. Gaza needs to be controlled by Egypt and maybe some parts of the West Bank can get Jordanian supervision, in exchange for us receiving international recognition for owning the Golan Heights and the whole of Jerusalem, but that’s it.

Drawing borders. Israel has borders — thank you very much — and needs no changes at all. His border talk is code for splitting up the country — again — into Palestine and Israel. Been there, done that. Jordan is Palestine. (The fact that the Arab translator perhaps mistranslated establishing borders as redrawing borders doesn’t matter. It’s all bad.)

Tell me of one demilitarized state in the world that stayed like that. Germany and Japan have armies again. But they learned their lesson. The anti-Semitism in the Arab world did not have its defeat yet. No to any Palestinian State anywhere besides Jordan. If Trump wants to be nice for Palestinian Arabs, let him make an end to their discrimination in the Lebanon and Jordan so that they can live there in peace and dignity.

Netanyahu wants Trump’s plan to stay under wraps until after the elections. That can only mean that he doesn’t want us to know before the elections that he’ll accept it. Buyer beware! Why in the world would anyone vote for a politician who says: I won’t tell you what I am going to do – just trust me. Are you kidding me? No way.

If you don’t vote for people who’ll have the backbone to stand up to Trump’s ludicrous plan, you are co-responsible for the ensuing mess. Mind your vote. And it may be premature to call the train station under construction for Jerusalem’s Old City after Trump.

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MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 1500 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". 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But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), 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), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers 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. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to his parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. 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 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. 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