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

Israel’s Journey Towards Peace: Reflections on Conflict, Hope, and Coexistence

In our land, interwoven with shadows of conflict and rays of hope, the story of Israel and the saga of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are not just told in books but in the streets, homes, and gazes of each of us. The IDF, more than an army, is the pulsating heart of Israel, resonating with our hopes and fears.

This conflict, echoing beyond Israel’s borders, transcends a mere territorial dispute. It’s a clash of narratives, dreams, and identities, where each stone and street has a story to tell, a secret to whisper.

Here, talking about peace isn’t like recounting a bedtime fable. It’s a desire etched in our souls, a dream we carry as both a burden and a blessing. But this journey towards peace isn’t a walk in the park; it’s navigating a minefield, where each step could bring new hope or new danger.

Our story is a web of memories and aspirations where the past and future meet and clash. We understand that the path to peace must be paved with bricks of security and beams of mutual respect.

In this context, each of us carries a piece of this story, this quest. We are not mere spectators; we are the main characters in this intricate plot, where each day, we write a new chapter.

When we talk about peace, we speak with the voice of those who have known pain and loss, who have seen generations vanish in the dust of conflicts. Yet, despite everything, we maintain faith, believing in a tomorrow where the sun of peace will shine for everyone.

Our land, with its scars and smiles, teaches us peace is the art of learning to live together and sharing dreams and fears. In this art, we know there’s no room for extremism from any side. Extremism, in the name of any cause, is the enemy of hope, an obstacle on the road to peace.

We know that Palestinians and Israelis will share this land for many years. The challenge is to learn to live together, building a peace that’s more than a ceasefire but a blossoming of new possibilities.

Looking at Europe, we see that peace can sprout even from the most arid soil of conflicts. Nations that once fought bloody battles now walk side by side. This lesson from history is a beacon for us: peace is possible, even after the darkest times.

In the end, we believe that, like in Europe, peace here will also find its way when it becomes economically advantageous when the cost of hatred is lower than the profit of harmony.

With this hope, we look to the future, knowing the path is long and winding but possible. For in our land, where each stone tells a story, every step towards peace is a step towards a tomorrow where our children can walk without fear, under a sky of possibilities.

On our path to peace, one truth stands clear: it will not be achieved with Hamas or any group committed to terror and violence. Such groups, rooted in extremism and destructive actions, are barriers to the harmony we seek. They represent a cycle of hatred and retaliation that only perpetuates the suffering of both sides.

Similarly, peace will not be found with figures abject like Ben Gvir or Smotrich, or any right-wing extremist groups that reject coexistence and mutual understanding. Extremism, from any side, is a poison to dialogue and reconciliation. The true peace we aspire to is built on bridges of dialogue, not walls of segregation.

About the Author
Gil Mildar is a 60-year-old Brazilian who made Aliyah a few years ago. He holds a Law degree from the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos in Brazil and a postgraduate degree in Marketing from the Universidad de Belgrano in Argentina. Over the years, he has had the opportunity to work in Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, and now Israel. For the past 30 years, his focus has been on marketing projects in Latin America.