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

What caused today’s paradigm shift between Israel’s ultra-left and ultra-right?

It is well known that Israel has, what US politicians call euphemistically, a vibrant democracy. Jewish Members of Knesset calling each other Nazis, Arab Muslims and ultra-left wing Israeli Jews calling the Israeli army a bunch of murderers and right-wingers wishing that all Muslims and left-wingers would leave the Jewish State.

What is totally new is this new surprising alliance, just in the run-up to our national elections, between the ultra-right and the ultra-left.

Who could have predicted this?

They finally realized that they have more in common than what divides them. That they only were able to shout at each other for years because they basically think in similar ways and value the same principles.

On top of both sides being principle-driven, they hate the unnecessary poverty in the country and the glorification of the few over the masses.

They finally started seeing each other as brothers (and sisters) fighting for the same kind of ideals albeit from opposite sides of the aisle.

I look forward to their two-day reconciliation meeting in the biggest hall in Jerusalem, the coming Thursday and Friday.

When I asked one of the speakers, who wants to stay anonymous for now, what s/he thought has prompted this breakthrough, I was answered: Maybe it’s the upcoming full moon – who knows?

Let’s hope we’re heading for a brighter future, filled with happiness for all, emulating from the Holy Land, spreading over the whole world for the good of all, soon and in our days.

Unrealistic? Well, who could deny that all anger, strife, violence and war are not making anyone’s life better and are ruining everyone’s lives? In other words, win-win: we all will only gain from giving up on all hatred.

PS: I know that name of the unidentified 16-meter whale spotted in front of the Israeli coast. It was the so-called Parvorder Festum Purim.

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 He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will.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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