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

Trump’s reign’s shaky, but Netanyahu’s here to stay

The US basically, on a national level, has a two-party political system. Clearly, Israel has a multiparty system. Yet, when the US presidential elections will roll around, there will be dozens of people competing to be elected. And it won’t be clear until the end who will win, a Democrat, a Republican, a man or a woman, a Caucasian or a Black, a Jew or a Gentile, a younger or an older person, a Trump or an anti-Trump.

In Israel, where everything is always the opposite of what goes on in any other country, the next prime minister is clearly Netanyahu. There is simply no alternative. Unless he’ll get indicted or sick, Heaven forbid, and then we will have to settle on a number two.

In the first place, this is a great compliment to Bibi. The longest sitting Israeli PM has no competition. (That’s why the opposition so much hopes for and dreams of an illegal  move by Bibi and prosecution.)

Bibi’s success also signals the Left’s utter failure. They’re still in La La Land (which is not sparsely populated) projected by “the Peace Process.”

In Israel, no party takes care of others. Each special interest group fights for its voters’ concerns. So, unless you don’t make your own party and sit in government, you’ll accomplish very little but voicing your dissent.

Bibi’d love to have a left-wing party or two join his government. And that would be good for left-wing ideals too. They’d get some of what they want (no one gets all, net even Bibi). And make his reign even stronger.

Don’t think for a moment that Israelis are politically passive or of one mind. We passionately disagree about anything in great numbers. Still, we have stability. Forget about royalty. Bibi’s leadership is more stable.

I don’t think that everyone got convinced that he can solve anything. Rather, all the others have persuaded almost everyone that they can’t.

And he’s not perfect. He does mess up — but who doesn’t? Most of his record is excellent. So, his blunders don’t show up in the final tally.

As long as it is up to him or us, he’ll be the next Israeli leader for many more years. Well done.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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. * 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 and Rav Zev Leff. * 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, 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. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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