Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Why honest people must believe the IDF and Israel over Hamas and the UN: A guide

Forget about ideology and loyalty, principles and beliefs. Check the facts.

When you’re not in the region, sometimes it’s hard to find out who’s lying.

What may help is to look at the credentials of the parties.

The IDF is composed of soldiers and conscripts. It has any minority you’d want, from Christian to Muslim, ultra-Orthodox to Marxist, traditional to vegan, men, women, and transgenders, each generously supported in their own personal needs.

Yet, more important than identity is political affiliation. You find left-wingers and right-wingers. This means no coverup can ever succeed.

A wrong by the IDF, in the end, is always admitted and published.

Israel is a deeply democratic state with free elections, freedom of a very diverse press, freedom of assembly, and hundreds of organizations for the protection of any group you’d want. Even Israeli news sites self-identifying as anti-Zionist can write whatever lies they want—and they do, they do.

So, you can’t take at face value everything an Israeli says, but when you take the sum total of Israeli opinion, you will get the highest truth. That means you cannot take as objective everyone who writes an op-ed. But reports by reputable news outlets (Times of Israel, JPost, not included necessarily those from agencies or people outside of Israel) are truthful.

Perhaps more importantly, Israel has equality before the law. The High Court has no trouble faulting the authorities, including the PM and IDF, when the Knesset or existing civil law infringes on personal liberty.


Now look at the other side of the front.

Hamas is a terrorist organization that admits to striving to eradicate all Jews and to obtain world domination. They cherish killing and being killed. They acknowledge no law but their extremist interpretation of the Koran. Unsurprisingly, they perpetrated 15 types of war crimes in one day.

Most of their sympathizers today admit they simply hate Jews. It has little to do with politics and everything with religiously based hatred.

The UN votes by majority. Most of its States and Peoples deeply hate Jews. Most of these States do not have free elections, freedom of a very diverse press, or freedom of assembly, so why believe anything they say?

Most of the international and national press has more than an anti-Israel bias. They lie and distort anything to foster antisemitism. Most journalists can be idealists and honest, but their bosses will make sure the truth won’t come out. With complete honesty, antisemitism would die.

The greatest asset of Jew-haters isn’t that so many people are evil, but so many are naïve. They can’t believe all this hate could be baseless dogma.


See, it’s not so complicated. Israel is not perfect, like no one is. But it is committed to truth and weeding out anything unkosher. The other side is dedicated to genocide, hatred, and death, and their honor tops truth.

So, when both parties accuse the other of war crimes, you know whom to believe. And that’s important since evil needs good people doing nothing.

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. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM 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 2000 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 too, here: 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. One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * 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 (, 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. * His newest books you may find here:
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