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

Trump’s Peace Plan: there was, there is, and there will be nothing

Netanyahu has defended himself against the recent legal threats to his political career by saying, ‘The was nothing, there is nothing and there will be nothing’ [criminal to be found]. After reading the latest interview with Trump’s peace negotiator I say the same. There never was any viable peace process, there is not a hint of it, and there will be none. As graffiti read on the side of the main church at the center of the former Jewish Quarter of Amsterdam in the ’80s, ‘There is no way to peace; peace is the way.’ And peace is not on the mind of the Palestinian Arab leadership.

Arutz Sheva spoke with outgoing US White House Mideast Envoy Jason Greenblatt, the outgoing major architect of the latest peace plan. The questions were sharp and critical but there were no follow-up questions about anything shaky in the answers. Of course, most of its readers are very able to detect flowery language, phony arguments, and fake visions.

I will take this chance to point out some basics that are still wrong.

“[N]obody can force this vision upon anyone. When the [peace] plan is released, it will be up to both sides to decide how to proceed.”

Sounds very nice but is not Israel’s experience. As soon as there is another peace plan, Israel is held to follow it, even by its allies, and the Arab Palestinians generally are not.

This lack of memory is not shared by the Israeli public. It’s an ominous sign that a major architect of this plan has no recollection of the past.

“[W]e hope that both parties will read it carefully and not make any hasty decisions.”

Again, history has shown that this is idle hope. Nothing has improved on the Arab Palestinian side so there is no reason to believe that the PA (and even more so, Chamas or ISIS) will suddenly be reasonable.

It’s simply unreasonable to expect such reasonableness.

One of the main reasons why there is no peace with Palestinian Arabs, in general, is because there is no reasonableness among their leaders. Only hatred, anger, jealousy, and greed. It works for them. And — like with any dictator — they don’t care about the people they claim to represent. So, their well being is not part of the discussion.

Of course, it will be better for the whole family if the abuser stops abusing but that has never stopped a violent spouse or parent. Such people must be cornered with no escape route. (Just like Germany needed to be defeated twice and utterly before it got the message.)

Sadly, any peace plan that’s based on reasonableness ‘on both sides’ is a no-brainer, dead-on-arrival.

Any peace plan that doesn’t deal with is the underlying cause — hatred for Jews — is doomed to be just a band-aid and will fail utterly.

I’m now going to sidestep reasonable Christians and Muslims, non-fundamentalists, people who don’t preach hatred of Jews to their children. They never have been the problem. They’re holy and good.

Sure, Muslim anti-Semitism is a bit different from its Christian sib. Many Christians don’t really believe in conversions so they hate Jews for their roots — its racism. Muslims stop hating Jews when they convert to Islam. Their hatred is more religious and not racist. But equally murderous.

NB: There is nothing that ever obligated any Christian or Muslim to hate Jews. Every one of them has free will to stand with the Jews — despite indoctrination from the cradle. As, in every generation, individuals have shown. Christian anti-Semitism has kind-of shamefully nose-dived after the Holocaust, the defeat of Nazi-Germany, and the erection of the State of Israel. Muslim hatred for Jews has not yet. And we Jews again have a problem with agreeing to another Holocaust to teach them too.

Then it doesn’t matter how fair and smart the rest of the plan is. Any treatment plan [peace plan] that doesn’t aim to remove or kill the cancer cells [anti-Semitism] will lead to death soon.

“[W]e believe our plan can significantly improve the lives of millions of people.”

Yet another appeal to reasonableness — and American dollar signs in the eyes. Not everyone is for sale. Even evil ‘principles’ like hatred of centuries cannot be bribed away.

“[C]hanging the conversation about the conflict has been an enormous priority for us.”

As long as the bedrock of any peace plan is reasonableness and not education against Jew-hatred, the conversation is not changed.

Even speaking of a ‘conflict’ is an unjust equivalence. Jews have as little problems with Palestinian Arabs as they had with the crusaders or the German Nazis. As in every oppression, the deadly bigotry is one-sided.

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 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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