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

Why I’m voting Lieberman (ל)

Avigdor Lieberman, the only politician who looks better when he doesn't try to smile ....
Avigdor Lieberman, the only politician who looks better when he doesn't try to smile ....

* I want a government without extremists.
* I want a secular coalition, for separation between state and synagogue.
* I don’t want any more dangerous supposed peace processes.

If I voted Likud, I could be supporting a continuation of the previous coalition. Unlikely to happen. Bibi went to elections because he deemed 61/120 too small a majority after Lieberman left. After the first vote, he claimed victory getting 60 seats without Lieberman. Some victory.

If I voted Likud, I could also be supporting a Blue & White–Likud national unity government. That could be secular or not but, in my opinion, it would be likely, with or without Bibi at the helm, to start engaging in a dangerous peace process all over again. Not for nothing do the two main parties keep the content of Trump’s plan a secret until after the elections. Which is so scandalous, a form of election fraud in advance.

If I voted for a smaller rightwing party, to prevent a second false peace process, Oslo II, if they pass the threshold at all, I’d also, more or less, support a continuation of the present religious coalition. (See above.)

But if I vote Lieberman, I say that I want a secular national unity coalition without extremists but also without a majority for an Oslo II. His party will at least double, this election, and no one will be able to form any government without him. I like to have my vote count toward governing.

By promising to begin a Yisrael Beiteny LGBTQ-group, Lieberman has shown to go the way of modern democratic parties against any bigotry.

When such a middle-of-the-road coalition is being formed, extremists in the Likud and Blue & White will jump ship. Good riddance. And more-moderates from more-extremist parties will join. Most welcome.

If Bibi will be Prime Minister is more up to him than anyone else. (Yes, he brought two unnecessary elections upon us but I rather have him learn from it than have him punished for it.) I hope it’ll be him but Ayelet Shaked would be very capable too. (You want to object that she’s not from Yisrael Beitenu, the Likud or Blue & White? Doesn’t matter. The whole political map will change after the elections.) Anyway, in the end of the day, it’s not so important who’s PM. The coalition is what counts

Last but not least, why do I vote at all? It seems clear that there will be such a national unity coalition — as the only option. I tell you.

First, one never knows, with such shoddy polls. Complacency cost Hillary.

Second, you could say about all of life, G^d knows what He’s doing — why tire myself? Truth is that there are real pride and satisfaction in being invited to contribute and in actually making some effort.

Third, not voting is seen as not caring and we do care. We may be angry or disappointed at politics, but we must show we care. Vote anyone!

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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 vegan for 8 years now. 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 lehavdiel 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, GLBTQAI, 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 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. 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. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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