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

Will Israel get a unity government now?

No, Netanyahu is not about rightwing, about conservatism or against the left. He’s not even about the Likud. He’s a bit for capitalism and Jewish Pride but he’s flexible, will travel. What is Bibi really about?

He’s about taking responsibility, being in charge, being the leader rather than being right, having a winning strategy and … winning. He doesn’t really care what ideology his administration would have.

Except for points that almost everyone agrees on. He’s very much for Israel’s safety (who’s not?) and GLBTQ rights (most Israeli’s are). He’s for a great economy and successful international relationships. He presents these things as typically his but they are not. They’re just common sense.

What would it take to get a unity government under Bibi?

He would use his option to search for a unity government to pressure the right to fold quickly enough on his policy ideas. Or he could threaten to bolt unity talks if Blue and White would not compromise fast enough.

So, he could talk for months trying to work out one option and then quickly get to an agreement with the opposite parties.

A unity government would be good for him because the more parties are in, the lesser any philosophy group would hold power over him. The left, the religious, the right, they can all take leave if they don’t like it. But usually, parties like power, so they will stay.

Also, a Likud-Blue and White unity government would make negotiations with Shas, Kulanu and Israel Beitenu real easy. Their demands will be met automatically in the L/B&W compromise. Total seats: 88 from the 120! A great number to carry whatever Bibi wants to accept of the Trump Peace Plan.

BTW: If I were Feiglin, Bennett and Shaked, I would quickly ask Kulanu to join it, If they want any home in Israeli politics in the years to come. Quickly, before Kulanu and the Likud fuse.

In any case, he will give parties the ministerial posts they want most. They will generally fail and get blamed by their constituency for things most dear to them. His hugs are bear hugs.

In any case, time will tell. Stay tuned.

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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