Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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This is how the Israeli Left keeps losing every election

In short, by not paying attention to and not correcting any of the below.

  1. Trashing the Public

Surely, this doesn’t have an Israeli patent. Remember Hillary Clinton, days before the election, talking about the deplorables? How so in Israel?

Ehud Barak after losing the election: “The public made a big mistake.” Instead of: I failed to make my case to the public.

Yossi Sarid, after getting much fewer votes than expected, declaring that the honest thing is to step down because apparently, the voters didn’t want him. But that way, he betrayed the people who did vote for him. When you get fewer votes than your grandiose ego demands, that doesn’t mean that ‘the public’ rejected you. It means that you have less following than you thought.

And now, praised as the top of voting analysis, this strategist facing Netanyahu says that the Israeli electorate is ‘confused.’ I beg your pardon? Divided, very diverse, strong-willed, if you want, but confused? In the country where mothers call their daughters mammeleh and their sons abbeleh, let’s be clear that this analyst feels confused. Not us.

It’s so sad that I need to write that the Left needs to listen to the public, instead of talking and thinking for it. What do all oppressed sections of the population want and need? Make eloquent talkers of each section powerful in your party. Stop chasing the normal Israeli. There’s none.

  1. Trashing Its Leaders

This specialist says that now, for the first time in Israeli political history, there is no clear leader on the Left. Excuse me? Gantz stood up to Netanyahu and was not outsmarted, not bullied, not short-changed and he’s not a strong leader? Yeah, you can trash him and then call him weak.

  1. Being Intimidated

There is Netanyahu and these four competitors (Bennett, Lieberman, Sa’ars, and Lapid) and the Orthodox block, so it’s hopeless? No, it is not.

All the competitors of Bibi are oversized egos who can’t stand each other, and when left with each other, they will finish each other off. And the Orthodox will work with those parties that will give them the most.

  1. Working With Hatred

It won’t work with most people. You need to come up with a positive plan. Hate and anger feel powerful but they are dead ends. Love, care, respect, harmony, cooperation, equality, etc. — only they could work and endure.

  1. Lying for Fun and Profit

You can lie to your opponents and competition, but not to your friends and the public. If you really want to make it big, say honestly what ideals you have. Stop reading Haaretz. they’re even more untrue than the polls.

  1. Collecting Big Egos

No, they’re just self-serving arrogant backstabbers. Run from them. Search for others who are idealists for the public. Not false prophets who claim that they — and they alone — will bring salvation.

  1. Ruling Out Cooperation

Why would you rule out compromising with anyone if the deal, the compromise, would be good enough? Nobody wants the exact opposite of you (destroy Israel, promote war, destroy the economy, end democracy).

This is especially true of other Left-wing parties, old and new. Let everyone attract their own constituents, but fuse, before or after the elections.

  1. Being Obsessive About the Polls

How many times must the polls be completely wrong before you stop believing in them? And even if they would be right (no, they won’t), it looks bad on you. Do you try to become important, prove something? Make a plan and speak about it with passion. You’re not looking for popularity, it’s not a contest, it’s not a job opening you must score. You’re looking to get an idea and representation into the Knesset. That’s all.

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, lehavdil 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, LGBTQIA, 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 quite 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 500th 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 find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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