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

Middle East Chronicles: A Jewish-Israeli Insight into Hezbollah’s Games

Sitting here, in the heart of Israel, watching the grand theater of the Middle East unfold, I can’t help but smile skeptically. Consider this: Hassan Nasrallah, the conductor of Hezbollah, in an Oscar-worthy performance, declares support for the resistance in Gaza but, oh, surprise, denies any involvement in the October 7th attack. And we, as the astute audience, are invited to believe this fairy tale.
This plot, worthy of a creative screenwriter, makes us wonder: since when did Hezbollah, Tehran’s puppet, become so uninformed? The “Al-Aqsa Flood” operation has the Iranian touch as evident as the aroma of a good falafel. The attack, more symbolic than practical, appears to be a well-rehearsed show, with Hezbollah playing a role in the script.
In our small but resilient nation, we know how to read between the lines. Hezbollah is playing a waiting game, like a shesh-besh (backgammon) player contemplating his next five moves. They’re preserving their pieces, waiting for a more significant future battle against Israel, something we, with our history, are all too familiar with.
The relationship between Hezbollah and Hamas is like one of those odd couple partnerships from comedy films. Both have the same antagonist, yet their approaches are as different as hummus and tahini. While Hezbollah, under Iran’s guidance, thinks long-term, Hamas acts with the urgency of someone in the eye of the storm.
For us, keen observers of the region, the October 7th attack shows Hamas on the front lines while Hezbollah lurks in the shadows, waiting for the right moment to take the stage. This is a well-choreographed dance, reflecting the complexities of our region.
By distancing themselves from the attack, Hezbollah is not only avoiding total war with Israel but also trying to preserve their image of victors, something we, knowing our people’s history and resilience, can see through the smoke and mirrors.
Nasrallah talks about a future war against Israel, a final act yet to come. To us, it sounds like a theater director postponing the play’s climax to a future date. But, as connoisseurs of the historical dramas of our region, we know the ending of this story is still being written.
In summary, for us Jews and Israelis, Hezbollah’s movements are like a play, where each gesture is calculated, and every line has a hidden meaning. We watch with one eye on history and the other on the future, always ready for the next act in this ongoing spectacle of the Middle East.
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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