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

The emergence of a large political center in Israel

"The Right won, the Left lost" is all smoke and mirrors

The Likud and Netanyahu played rightwing and Blue and White played leftwing and that’s how they amassed votes. But the real right are the Ashkenazic Chareidic (super-religious) parties and the Chardal (national-religious) party and the real left are Labor, Meretz and the Arab parties. The rest are really central. And it’s the center that won at the polls.

And that’s why a national unity government should be the easiest and the most just outcome of these elections. All the extreme socialist and religious parties in the opposition and the rest governing.

Will it be a quiet four years? For sure not. Extremists don’t like losing. De Chareidic, Chardal and Socialist will demonstrate and protest and scream. That’s democracy too. And they may have influence through public opinion to get to more reasonableness where needed.

Meanwhile, the State of Israel will move closer to its ideal of a democratic Jewish State for all:
● All inhabitants will go to the army or do national service.
● All people will be able to marry whomever they want.
● On Shabbat, intercity public transportation will serve the not so religious public and automatic streetcars in the larger cities will even carry the religious.
● The Kotel will have three sections side by side (male, female, mixed).
● Free enterprise and support for the needy will both be enhanced.
● The Sunday will become a free day so that the religious and the secular will have time to hang out together.
● The safe part of Trump’s Peace Plan will be implemented and for the rest, we’ll wait till the Arab Nation comes around to kill antisemitism.

Bibi will be the beaming head of this all, giving every sector of his administration enough to brag about (and overlook the rest).

Do you think this will be tough to implement? Think about how hard it will be for Lieberman and the religious parties to sit together and agree. So far, they only agree on “our way or else, new elections.” So, when Bibi switches to forming a national unity cabinet, the religious parties have only themselves to blame.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * 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. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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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