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

Will Israel’s President Ruvi Rivlin have the courage to act outside of the box?

As long as he only talks with fraction leaders, nothing will shift
Source: Vos Iz Neias
Source: Vos Iz Neias

The only way Israel can avoid a third national election in a row is to break up the political representations as they are now sitting in the Knesset. The only one who can take this initiative is the Israeli President.

I’m not looking at the person of the current head of the Jewish State. More than if this President would do this is the issue that his office is supposed to be a unifying party above the interests-beholden political fray. That is a position of moderation, not of shaking things up. Will he act outside of the box? Unlikely, unless …

Netanyahu doesn’t really want the center-left bloc Blue and White. Which doesn’t want the Likud-right-wing combi. But there is a third way.

Lieberman doesn’t want the Arab and the religious parties but everyone else is welcome — a vast majority. He’s a good negotiator. He can try to get all the compromise-minded pragmatic non-extremist Members of Knesset in one boat. There are plenty! That would break up most of the fractions. (A broken fraction still doesn’t have to be a splinter.) So what?

Rivlin doesn’t have any other alternative — besides having Israel vote again which he said he doesn’t want. Lieberman again would get more seats and the stalemate would continue. A waste of time and money.

But, if breaking up the fractions is the only viable alternative, it is not revolutionary. It is rather the natural thing to do.

So, the President should ask Lieberman to try form a coalition of all Members of Knesset who are interested to join him on personal title.

Mr. President, all our hopeful eyes are looking at you.

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 He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will.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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