Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Tunnel Vision: They Were all Wrong – but Making Mistakes is Not a Sin – and Not a Virtue!

Making mistakes is the privilege of those who do the work

One of my favorite reporters and analysts, Yonah Jeremy Bob, asks: WHY DIDN’T IDF, SHIN BET REPORT THAT AIR POWER WOULDN’T BEAT HAMAS TUNNELS? He concludes his article saying that the defense establishment, Yaalon, Gantz, the IDF and Cohen stonewalled the security cabinet on certain aspects of the tunnel threat, such as the limited effectiveness of air strikes, because they wanted to delay or avoid a ground war at almost all costs – a war that Bennett from the start, and that Tourgemon later on and the comptroller afterwards thought was necessary.

However, in the end, both parties were all wrong. The hostilities spiraled out of control until there was a full-scale war that was fully needless. The ones who thought: only air, and the ones who thought: ground troupes, they all missed that there should not be either.

The State Comptroller is only a professional criticizer

It’s been pointed out that the State Comptroller did not evaluate the latest Gazan War. Rather, he’s a professional criticizer, looking for things that went wrong. Eagerly, he went after the tunnel issue after he smelled that mistakes were made there. He did find a mess – surprise? That’s what he’s paid for and that’s how everything in Israel is run.

In any case, disorder in one area does not doom the quality of the whole enterprise. Protective Edge was not fought against the tunnel threat. Rather, the barrage of rockets became unacceptable. And it stopped. Who says this war failed? Yes, it was too costly – especially in human lives. But every war is.

I don’t like to repeat myself, to harp about the same things all the time. However, sometimes one has to say things over and over again until everybody gets it. Here we go again:

Peace will only come through a process. The only peace process that will help here is the admission of universal hatred for Jews in the Arab World and the start of unlearning Jews’ hated in schools and for grown-ups.

Jews for 120 years want to live together with Gentiles in their own State. For 120 years Arab leaders and populations have rejected this.

Just like Germans after WW II repented, so can Palestinian and other Arabs. No amount of blaming Jews can substitute for embracing Jews. And we are very likable. As with any oppression, the hate cannot be solved by the oppressed being “nicer.” The oppressors need to start taking responsibility for uprooting this very old hatred. We will all profit!

And maybe true friends must first force them to better their ways. Just like Germany was first forced. Better not by force, but if nothing else is in sight, to force someone to stop behaving badly is not bad. It’s good.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. 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 what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 1400 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: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, 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 when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) 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 - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), 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. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers 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. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. * 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. When he can, 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, for Zionism, Intersectionality, 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. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to his 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, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * 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, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. 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 a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * 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. 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 an original 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.
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