Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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There is no rift between Ben Gvir and Netanyahu

It’s all smoke and mirrors

Even if Ben Gvir is fired or bolts the government, he will continue to support it from the outside because he knows not doing so means new elections in which the Right will be slaughtered. And that is even more so when Labor and Meretz run as one party, as they should, getting 7 or 8 seats, not 4. These seats aren’t taken from other left-wing parties but are merely not thrown out by the undemocratically high election threshold.

Also his threat to not attend security-related meetings in the Knesset is hollow electioneering. Under his reign as Minister of Security, there are record murders of people by close family members and in Muslim areas by criminals and family feuds. It’s fully his failure and no one else’s.

He knows the coalition’s days are numbered. When (when, not if) the also fake negotiations with the president ‘fail’ and the Right tries to push through its judicial reforms after all, the country will see general strikes it’s never seen before. Then the coalition can’t run the country anymore.

Ben Gvir is just playing Mr. Super Right Wing to draw as many votes as possible in those elections. So tries the coalition chair. It’s all theater.

Meanwhile, Liberman is saying the Left should stop negotiations with the Right because he knows too, it won’t accomplish anything. So that at the next elections campaign, he can say: I told you so.

Netanyahu is running his last political game. He’s no spring chicken anymore. He’ll go on an overdue pension after this. (At a recent election rally, supporters shouted ‘Ten more years,’ and he made clear that, as far as he was concerned, that wasn’t a blessing.) What then happens is not his concern. He has done more than his fair share. After him, the Deluge. Birkat will run the Likud and figure it out—from the opposition, that is.

Meanwhile, just like in Israel most people understand how vile Ben Gvir’s aims are, in Europe, he’s unwelcome too. He got the plum job representing Israel, not to provoke Europe, but to placate Ben Gvir. It works. He’ll ask more and more and more because he’ll be ‘displeased’ about something.

Placating the Ultra-Orthodox coalition parties, the pragmatic Muslim party, or defeating Iran is too just a stay of the coalition’s sure execution.

So, nobody is upset with anybody. Ben Gvir and Netanyahu are still thick as thieves, two of a kind, two peas in a pod, working hand in glove.

Don’t waste your time following the fake news. More importantly, don’t waste your energy getting upset about the make-believe drama. The news outlets are partly to blame because without hype, who’d follow them?

Just prepare your banners and flags for the final showdown with the government. Not for any ‘rift’ between Ben Gvir and Netanyahu, but due to the rift between the coalition and the mostly moderate population.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is (partly) generated by AI. * 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 about what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and education contribute to his visions. * If you don't know the Dutch, get an American peek behind the scenes here: * To find less-recent posts on subject XXX among his 2000 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe, here: * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. Yet, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people who don't deserve that. He admits that he sometimes exaggerates to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. 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), 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. * 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, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. * One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * 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. 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, anti-elitism, anti-bigotry and supremacy, for Zionism, Intersectionality, and 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. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to 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. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. * 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, empowering therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids non-violently. 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 being a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. He lives with his library in Jerusalem. Feel free to contact him. * His writing has been made possible by a (second-generation) Holocaust survivors' allowance 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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