Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Trump’s real gifts to the US, Israel, and the world?

For all fairness, we should be grateful to the 45th US President for a limited number of contributions. They should not be used to deny his disastrous rule, his collusion with the far-right, racists, bigots, neglecting the pandemic to bring more money to the super-rich causing 600,000 US unnecessary deaths, his betrayal of the Kurds, Paris accords, and so on.

  1. Palestinians

Trump got the war against Israel out of its impasse because it takes a con artist to outsmart con artists. We saw the same in the time of Peres and Rabin. They were played by Arafat for fools. It took a Sharon to stop this. (Who then continued to fool Israelis. Honest brokers are still to be preferred.) It is therefore understandable that Trump will flee to Israel.

His support for Israel, though, should not be exaggerated. His peace deal included a Palestinian State on the West Bank. Who needs Gaza and Hezbollah with such a new entity? He stopped further Jewish settling on the West Bank and any autonomy attempt. And he did not give Israel the bombs the US has that we could use to obliterate Iran’s nuclear weapons built under mountains. And he didn’t release Jonathan Pollard and his deadly sick wife to Israel though it would’ve cost him nothing. And more.

(Do read Trump apologists to remind you of everything they leave out, from abandoning trans-soldiers to the Kurds to the Muslims in China.)

BTW: It’s ridiculous to assume that Trump did this because he likes the Jews. He likes Jews like he likes fast foods. They give him a good feeling. Jews have always been loyal servants and teachers to him and it gave him the Evangelical vote. It’s been self-interest all the way. Which doesn’t mean we shouldn’t say thank you. But within measure, please.

NB: I resent the self-righteous democrats who won’t support the Jewish State but then blame it for taking support from reactionaries like Trump.

  1. Fake News

No one demonstrated better the great value of a free press, listening to scientists, rejecting bigotry. On top of that, the need to ban hate speech from the Internet.

And let us never forget that the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements only exploded to world-wide fame under Trump (I grab them by the p**sy, Epstein, very fine people on both sides, Floyd).

Also, his total neglect of climate disasters (floods, hurricanes, wildfires) made clear to most USrs that we have no time to lose.

His tax breaks for the super-rich that depleted US coffers for a decade cemented triple Democratic rule as no Republican could have done.

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All in all, good riddance. But let’s not forget the forces of Good that emerged from his disastrous reign. Either because he outsmarted some other evil players (but was completely fooled by the dictators of Russia, China, and North Korea), or because he showed us all what’s (his) evil.

May we, from now on, only merit to witness going from strength to strength for the good of everyone.

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Some time ago, Arutz 7 headlined: Only in Russia: The cleaner who accidentally won the election. It was wrong. It happened to Trump too.

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Alas, it isn’t certain at all that Trump will concede his gigantic loss (White House and Senate). Legally, he can’t be forced (see the below clips). This confirms my earlier intuition that the US Constitution needs an update.

It ain’t over ’till it’s over:

But remember this: Bullies are mere pretending cowards. Just intimidate them back, call their bluff. He’ll run, as if he never had any bone spurs.

But below you have a ‘specialist’ talking the voice of reason to the most bully US president ever, pleading for ‘reasonableness.’ He does not understand abusers. They don’t follow reason. Reason alarms them.

Abusers you only confront when you can corner them. When they have a way out, you don’t. You just try to leave safely. Hope for the best AND prepare for the worst because of it. Whether Trump won OR lost, Neo-Nazis will feel emboldened to act up and better stay out of their way.

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Last but not least, today is not only US election day for the 46th president and for control of the Senate, it also the 26th anniversary of Reb Shlomo Carlebach’s passing. Twenty-six is the numerical value of Hashem and also of twice the word in Hebrew for love (be’ahavah).

Reb Shlomo didn’t like the lying that goes on in politics: He’s lying to the other who’s also lying. They both know the other’s lying, and everyone knows it, and still, they continue. But he also said that politics is like flying: a bird needs both wings to take off.

A friend of mine once asked Reb Shlomo before an election what he was going to vote. He said (I translate from Hebrew): I’m like the Holy One, “Who votes for/prefers musical chansons” (a morning prayers’ quote).

 

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 (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), 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. * 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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