Gil Mildar
As the song says, a Latin American with no money in his pocket.

Israel at a Crossroads: Choosing Unity Over Division

Immersed in a sea of reflections, I find myself at the crossroads of events that have defined our nation. I recall the day of October 7th: a day that transformed us in unimaginable ways, a pogrom that united us as never before. Benjamin Netanyahu, who for so long sailed the waters of division and hatred, saw his strategy crumble in the face of our people’s unprecedented unity.

When the crisis erupted that day, all of us – those who were previously labeled as traitors and those who supported him – became one. I vividly remember that moment, the first since my aliyah in 2016, when I felt that I had made the right choice. It was an awakening, a revelation that despite our differences, we are all brothers, united by a common destiny.

The novel unity that emerged that day disoriented Netanyahu. He, that had always been governed by sowing discord, found himself lost on a terrain where his old tactics of divide and conquer no longer found fertile ground. How could he call traitors those who stood shoulder to shoulder on the front lines, bravely defending our nation?

And now, at the height of a war, with hundreds still in the hands of terrorists, Netanyahu desperately seeks a new fracture to exploit. His declaration that there will be no Palestinian state under his leadership is nothing but a calculated attempt to reignite the flames of division he so desperately needs to govern. A move that reveals not only the desperation of a declining leader but also a lack of vision for a path that could unite and strengthen our nation.

This situation raises a critical question: how long will we allow discord to be the tool of governance? The experience of October 7th showed that in unity, we find our greatest strength. It was a moment when we saw, perhaps for the first time, the true potential of a unified Israel, an Israel that transcends political and ideological barriers.

The challenge now is to sustain this unity, to resist the attempts to be fragmented again by political agendas. The path forward must be paved with the understanding that our strength lies in our unity, not in the division sown by leaders whose personal interests outweigh the common good.

The history of Israel is a tapestry of struggles and triumphs, and at this crossroads, we have the opportunity to weave a new chapter, one where unity, not division, defines our path forward. Let us make this choice with wisdom and courage, for it is in the united heart of our people that the true strength of our nation resides.

About the Author
As a Brazilian, Jewish, and humanist writer, I embody a rich cultural blend that influences my worldview and actions. Six years ago, I made the significant decision to move to Israel, a journey that not only connects me to my ancestral roots but also positions me as an active participant in an ongoing dialogue between the past, present, and future. My Latin American heritage and life in Israel have instilled a deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, and justice. Through my writing, I delve into themes of authoritarianism, memory, and resistance, aiming not just to reflect on history but to actively contribute to the shaping of a more just and equitable future. My work is an invitation for reflection and action, aspiring to advance human dignity above all.
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