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

Netanyahu’s Reign of Division: Rallying Against Israel’s Descent into Extremism

As I delve into the depths of Benjamin Netanyahu’s influence over the social and political fabric of Israel, my contemplation is tinged with escalating discontent. The presence of this leader, undeniably intertwined with the contours of our present and past, now reveals itself more as a shadow than a beacon. Netanyahu, an icon of division, has fueled the fire of an extreme right that threatens not only Israel’s internal cohesion but also its image before the world. His policies and rhetoric, steeped in fervent nationalism, seem less a path to security and more an invitation to isolation and perpetual conflict.

This stark analysis of Netanyahu and his extreme right circle originates not from personal aversion but from careful observation of the scars his leadership has inflicted on Israel’s landscape. Under his reign, we have witnessed the erosion of democratic principles and a sharp polarization of society, with the growth of extremism that divides and disfigures our social fabric.

Netanyahu is not just a reflection of pre-existing tensions; he has been an active agent in their amplification. His decisions and stances not only reverberate within Israel’s confines but also resonate problematically on the international stage, jeopardizing historical alliances and calling into question the morality of our actions and policies. He is a figure who, despite his political savvy, seems incapable of transcending divisive lines to bring about unity or lasting peace.

In portraying Netanyahu, I cannot overlook the bitter irony of a leader who, while seeking to strengthen Israel, perpetuates cycles of antagonism and insecurity. His leadership appears grounded not in bridge-building but in the cementing of walls, both literal and metaphorical, segregating not just people but also ideas and ideals.

In this landscape, Israel’s extreme right, under Netanyahu’s banner, emerges not as the guardian of national security but as the architect of an increasingly narrow vision of the future, relegating plurality and tolerance to mere footnotes in history. The insistence on policies that marginalize and discriminate is a testament to a chosen path that increasingly deviates from the ideals of freedom and justice for all.

Thus, we face the challenge of recognizing and responding to Netanyahu’s corrosive influence and his group. The need to resist not just their policies but the very ethos of a division they cultivate becomes imperative. The future of Israel, as a nation that aspires to peace and dignity for all its citizens, depends on our ability to transcend this era defined by conflicts and to seek a new chapter of understanding and cooperation.

This is not a call to complacency but to vigorous activism, a summons for all who value democracy and humanity within Israel to rise against the tide of extremism that threatens to engulf our country. The time is now to reclaim Israel’s future from those who seem determined to lead it down a path of isolation and despair.

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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