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

The problem is not the West Bank, stupid

The Times of Israel tells us ahead of the Deal of the Century peace plan disclosure, that its core is finding a new way for Jews and [Arab] Palestinians to live together on the West Bank. And there the whole plan went wrong already.

For half a century, Palestinian activists have been telling the whole world that it is ‘the occupation’ [by Israel of the West Bank of the Jordan River] that makes them anti-Israel. Not true, though. They were anti-Zionists before Israel recaptured the West Bank and they will be anti-Israel after solving the West Bank problem. Because the real problem is Jews.

So, the verbal war (and let’s hope and pray that it stays verbal) that will be raging now is between three groups who hold by respectively:

  1. Greater Israel

Jews (the Palestinians of yore) are indigenous to the Land of Israel.

Arab Palestinians are fairly new to the Land, a couple of hundred years at the  most. (Arafat was born in Cairo.)

A sizeable percentage of them are Jews (there always lived Jews in the Land) who were forcefully converted to Islam some two centuries ago. (They may still have the status of Jews for Jewish Law.)

Every People has the right of national independence, if they want — the Jews are no exception.

Jews will always welcome the stranger — but on condition that they respect us Jews. That excludes terrorists and their supporters.

In the case of Zionism, this went so far that the Jews agreed that Arab Palestinians should have 72% of the Land, e.g. Jordan.

This did not include the West Bank, later illegally occupied by Jordan.

Arabs on the West Bank never objected to the Jordanian occupation. But when Israel recaptured the WEst Bank, they protested, showing that they don’t want their own State. They just don’t want Jews around.

In Jordan, Arab Palestinians have no full civil rights. They’re locked away in refugee camps. They have no right to seek employment, housing or vote, unlike the other Jordanians. This must change as Jordan is Arab Palestine.

So, they will claim the whole West Bank as part of the Jewish State.

With a path to citizenship for the Arabs who live there.

They will claim that anything less endangers Israel. Their main tool is exaggeration.

  1. New Palestinian State

Palestinian Arabs should receive the West Bank as yet another independent Arab Palestinian State.

Of course, this would not end their animosity regarding Jews so for them this is just a phase to eventually chase away, kill or convert all Jews.

Non-Palestinian so-called allies of Arab Palestinian activists are often even more aggressive and hateful than the ones they claim to support because they don’t really care about them — they just hate (Zionist) Jews.

So, they will claim the whole West Bank as part of a next independent Arab Palestinian State.

With all Jews who live there moving out.

They will claim that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is in danger to drum up hatred and support. Their main tool is plain lying.

  1. Status Quo

This peace plan wants to consolidate the present situation, with Jews and Muslims living at the West Bank, but then in peace.

Peace should come from being reasonable on both sides. Never mind that Palestinian activists and their supposed friends have not been reasonable in 50 years and will not become so either.

The ‘hope’ is that prosperity will make them mild and friendly so much that they even would start to be able to stand Jews.

Middle-of-the-road Israelis often support this pipedream.

They will claim that they are the only reasonable ones. Their main tool is denial of the frightening reality.


But please note that the whole discussion who “gets” the West Bank is beside the point.

The real discussion should be: When will Muslims on the whole learn that Jews are here to stay and that any hatred for them is their illness, nothing Jews have caused or cause — just like sexism is a craziness of men.

Christianity needed Auschwitz and a defeat of Hitler to get there.

Because Jews are not open to a Muslim-run Auschwitz, Germans should in great numbers move into Muslim countries and communities and teach there, love (or at least respect) for Jews. Nothing else will work.

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.
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