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

The Israeli inability or unwillingness to defend oneself properly

I often wondered why Israel seems to compete with most Gentiles in how glowing NOT to defend Israel against biased press reports. The Nation that excels at the battle field seems almost totally inapt when it comes to defending its good name and PR. How can this be?

I know that the international press associations often is dominated by or at least have some anti-Israel, anti-Zionism and anti-Jewish people (with the others too passive to interrupt their lying — there are no honest haters). Yet, where are Israel’s protests?

Where is their Zionist pride? Do they really feel so hopeless and inadequate that they must stay unresponsive? Why is hasbara mostly a people’s hobby, instead of coming from a national task force?

I sometimes have attributed maliciousness to such passivity. When hatred for Israel spreads through the Diaspora, more Jews make aliya. This would give Israel’s motive but does not prove its guilt. (And in any case, the real guilt lies with the perpetrator and never with the victim.)

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However, I do not see any motive for the inert “reaction” to Israeli-born attacks on Prime Minister Netanyahu. Why is he not defending himself? He just keeps repeating: There is nothing and there was nothing. He’s needlessly losing at the opinion polls.

Why do he and his allies not stand up and fight rumors and slander with facts and analysis? Even rape victims, after a lifelong prior conditioning of being fearful, often fight back. He who takes the UN and US president to task, can’t resist Israeli journalists and politicians blinded by envy and hatred for him?

How about replying: Innocent until proven guilty? That would not convince those who detest him, but it would surely help the vast majority of Israelis.

It is possible that Netanyahu has in mind what US President Abraham Lincoln said so eloquently:

If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how, the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what’s said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.

Nevertheless, I think that he should be calm and dignified when he denies the accusations: Innocent until proven guilty, and say so every time anyone accuses him in the media.

Netanyahu may add: Every time people play judge and give kangaroo court verdicts and others believe them, we collectively perpetrate baseless hatred – that which keep Redemption from happening.

Also: Our justice system when needed has not failed to investigate, prosecute and convict public officials. There is no reason and no justification for anyone in the press or in politics to sit at the judges’ chairs and sound like our enemies, do our enemy’s bidding.

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 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. 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. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.