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

Why was Israel spying on the US or was it at all?

It started with a claim in Politico that Israel had been spying on the US.

Politico is a serious medium with a nice leftwing/rightwing balance. I see no ground to suspect that they just wrote that to get publicity or sow enmity. Yet, it has been accused of antisemitism in the past couple of years and that could be a reason why Antisemites would give them this “scoop.”

What are its sources? Their report is supposedly “based on accounts provided by three former U.S. officials.” How do we know that they spoke the truth? Maybe there was no spying at all. And who says that Israel must have done this? One source added: “that as opposed to other incidents of foreign spying on U.S. soil, the Trump administration did not rebuke the Israeli government or took any official steps against it.” One good reason for a Trump “inertia” could be that this “spying” was completely made-up.

Unsurprisingly, another US intel source denies it: Though everyone spies on everyone, since the Pollard debacle, Israel doesn’t spy on the US.

So, who’s telling the truth? I’ll come back to that.

Israel denies it. But had it done it, it would also deny it, so that’s futile.

However, the spy story is so unbelievable because it says that Israel had been spying on Trump which is as unuseful as lowering spy devices into a fish bowl with one goldfish. Because that’s how transparent (and orange) Trump is. You kiss him twice and he tells you everything that’s on his mind.

Netanyahu suggests that his political opponents in the upcoming election have done this. That’s, of course, just electioneering. It is contrived to assume that the opposition would foster animosity between Trump and Bibi to show that the latter isn’t such a successful international diplomat.

The Iranians make fun of it: The US doesn’t need enemies [read: Iran] with friends like that [Israel]. Nail on the head. Israel and the US are buddies.

Still, going into history and numerous details does not give an answer.

Motive

There seems no smoking gun. But from the above people, who’s a motive?

Recently, Jonathan Pollard has again requested permission to leave for Israel, this time on humanitarian grounds — his wife is seriously sick.

Antisemites in the US intelligence community have stopped this aliyah for decades now. Their greatest pretext: we need to remind Israel all the time that it should never spy on its prime ally again. So, they have “reason” to lie now again that Israel is not trusting the US and spying on its friend. To make sure that Pollard is not excused to leave.

They have the motive — they have done it, as far as I’m concerned.

US President Trump doesn’t believe the spy story. If it was any other administration in any other country or epoch, I would have doubted this. So often, a government has spread rumors against Jews to deflect anger against it upon the Jews, next to “deplore” the aggression against them.

But, because of the way Trump relates to Jews, I don’t suspect him of this. And he can prove that I’m right. By releasing Jonathan Pollard and his wife to Israel and even come to the airport to bid and wave them goodbye.

The only People with a memory will remember this forever.

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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