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

My fellow compatriots

Since I started writing this blog, I have embarked on a journey of self-discovery and deep reflection on Israeli reality, particularly under the leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu and his far-right group. As the words pour out of me, I realize how deeply I am rooted in a land shaken by conflicts and political manipulations.

Netanyahu’s governance, steeped in far-right strategies, has raised a series of personal questions within me. I observe, not without a dose of anguish, how these leaders manipulate fear and uncertainty to maintain their grip on power. Netanyahu’s politics, filled with maneuvers and inflammatory rhetoric, seem to distort the essence of what I believe to be the true spirit of Israel.

Under his influence, the political scene has turned into a stage of extremes, where dialogue and mutual understanding are often sacrificed for narrow partisan agendas. I see how this approach has fueled deep divisions in society, fostering an atmosphere of mistrust and antagonism.

In my reflections, I am dismayed at how Netanyahu’s politics and circle seem to drift away from the values of humanism and compassion I hold dear. His administration’s policies, often characterized by harsh rhetoric against opponents and an inflexible stance on critical issues, reflect a disregard for the nuances and complexities of our diverse society.

This leadership has impacted not only the political landscape but also the social fabric of Israel. I see how values of solidarity and empathy, so essential for social cohesion, are undermined by a narrative of fear and division. Netanyahu’s strategy appears less concerned with building bridges and more focused on digging ideological trenches.

Writing these words, I feel a mix of frustration and hope. Frustration at the direction our country has taken under Netanyahu’s leadership, and hope that through dialogue and reflection, we might find a way back to understanding and mutual respect. As a citizen and writer, I feel the responsibility to question, challenge, and seek, amid the cacophony of voices, the true essence of living in Israel.

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.
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