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

The old anti-Jewish scent from an ex-Trump aid calling Israel’s leader dishonest

Remember this recent report on how Bernie Sanders had made millions by an intellectual publication regularly accused of singling out Jews? To a casual view, nothing seems wrong with such an article. Until you realize that from the dozens of Democratic candidates for 2020, only a Jew’s capital is scrutinized here. And also, they failed to mention his legendary honesty, integrity, and decency. They have made some amends since.

The next and new case is worse. A certain Trump’s former Secretary of State has come out stating he was pained that information Netanyahu gave Trump was on several occasions tilted toward Israel’s advantage.

He was ‘especially’ saddened that Trump was ‘played’ by such a close friend. Two things here don’t pass the smell test.

The only foreign leader who is painted as dishonest is the Jewish one. As if all the others must be objective and honest. But this is extra shocking from a close ally. The whole odor is: you can’t even trust a Jewish friend.

Never mind that Trump counts among his friends such truly horrible folks as Kim (‘We love each other, OK?’) and ex-KGB-agent Putin. After their meetings, Trump didn’t need to be informed of how he was lied to?

But there is more. This aid worked for Trump, for Mr. Lie-in-the-Flesh. Trump only doesn’t lie accidentally (from his lack of knowledge) or to contradict a lie to have the duo confuse you. But, to work for a con artist was not painful, you understand. No, what was really hard was that one of the close associates of the Liar-in-Chief would play him a bit?

To add insult to injury, he also called Netanyahu ‘extraordinary skilled.’ Jews aren’t just untrustworthy — they’re sly, crafty, cunning, insidious, wily, clever.

NB: I’m not playing the ‘Is he an anti-Semite?’ card. Not because we ‘can’t know what’s in someone’s heart.’ Rather, the person of this assistant is not the issue at all. What I only care about is to point out that this is an anti-Semitic canard. It should be recognized as such. It should be condemned as such. It should be rejected as such.

I would be surprised if the interviewee were even aware that that was bigoted. Like some people can call a woman ugly without realizing that that is sexist because they’d never judge men on their looks.

An ex-Trump aid complains that the leader of the Jewish State has been misleading. I am inclined to not even believe it. Who says that Bibi’s vision was really lacking in objectivity? (And who is objective?) Was the complainer so objectively informed? It’s only under Trump that anti-Semitism has begun to be reigned in at the State Department.

But in any case, it is irrelevant if Bibi was a couple of times manipulative to Trump. You don’t single out Jewish politicians for accusations of dishonesty. Thank you.

This is the second complaint about Israel in a week from people close to the White House. I’m not saying that there must be a connection. And twice isn’t a trend yet. But, combined with a sharp rise in anti-Semitic violence in the US, this kind of innuendo is surely most undesirable.

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. 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 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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