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

Israel, the time is now.

We find Israel at a precipice where the facade of strength has been stripped away to reveal a core of betrayal. The scandal of submarines and missile ships isn’t merely about corruption; it’s a festering wound in the very heart of our nation. The betrayal, my friends, comes not from a foreign adversary but from within our ranks, a treachery orchestrated by those we once trusted.

Once hailed as our protector, Benjamin Netanyahu now stands entangled in a web of allegations that threaten to dismantle his empire of trust. This is not a case of mere administrative missteps; we are talking about bribes and a sprawling corruption network that has infiltrated the highest echelons of power. Imagine, the very man who pledged to shield us has, in secret, sold our security to the highest bidder. This betrayal is so profound that even the most hardened must pause in disbelief.

Netanyahu does not stand alone in this disgrace. Beside him are Yossi Cohen, Ram Rutberg, Avner Simhoni, and Moshe Yaalon—names once synonymous with trust and security, now sullied by the stain of dishonor. These men, who should have been paragons of virtue, allowed corruption to thrive under their watchful eyes.

Asher Grunis, former president of the Supreme Court, and Karnit Flug, former governor of the Bank of Israel, lead the State Commission of Inquiry. Their findings cut through the thick smog of deceit that has enveloped us. They lay bare the reality: Netanyahu and his co-conspirators have transformed Israel’s defense into a market commodity. Our national security and economic interests were auctioned off, piece by piece, by those sworn to protect them.

Each submarine and each missile ship remain a grim monument to this pervasive corruption. Our defenses, once sacred, have been defiled. This is not just an insult to our security; it is an assault on the very existence of Israel.

And what of our troops? Our sons and daughters, who place their lives in the hands of their leaders, have been betrayed. Each corrupt transaction, each bribe accepted, is a dagger plunged into the back of every soldier standing on the frontlines. These decisions, made in the shadows, have put their lives at immeasurable risk.

So, what will we do? Will we stand idle while our leaders gamble with our future? Or will we summon the resolve that has always defined us, demanding justice and truth? This is our moment of reckoning. We can no longer afford to be passive observers. History is unfolding before us, and our response will shape the destiny of Israel.

This is a call to arms, not with weapons but with the indomitable spirit of a people united. We must confront this darkness head-on. The truth, raw and undeniable, is before us. We must dare to face it.

Let us rise, Israel, not as fragmented individuals but as a unified force determined to reclaim the integrity that defines us. We cannot allow this legacy of corruption to continue tarnishing our land. History calls upon us to act, and we must respond with the honor and courage that have always set us apart.

We stand at a pivotal juncture. Let us remember this moment as the turning point where we chose justice over corruption, truth over deceit, light over darkness. May this be the chapter in Israel’s history where we stood tall and reclaimed our souls?

Together, we can transform this crisis into an opportunity for redemption. Let our future generations look back with pride at the courage we displayed. Let this be the testament to a nation that, when tested, chose the path of integrity and truth. Israel, the time is now. Let us rise and forge a future worthy of our heritage.

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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