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

Orit, you are completely out of touch with reality

Settlements Minister Orit Strock arrives to a government conference at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, on December 10, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)
Settlements Minister Orit Strock arrives to a government conference at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, on December 10, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)

In the solitude of books, I have discovered a realm where words transcend mere symbols, pulsating with the very essence of the human soul. Machado de Assis, an unparalleled master in the literary world, unveiled the labyrinthine complexities of human nature, rivaling even Dostoevsky. Had he not been a Brazilian, I firmly believe Machado’s name would be etched alongside the Russian maestro, hailed globally for his unparalleled dissection of the human psyche. “The Alienist,” a timeless masterpiece, beckons the brave who dare to delve into its depths, available even to intrepid English-language readers.

As I ponder the recent utterances of Orit Strock, I am drawn inexorably into a Machadian labyrinth. In a scene reminiscent of an absurdist play, Strock, akin to a modern-day Bacamarte, unleashed delirious and indelicate inquiries upon Maj. Gen. Eliezer Toledano. The grotesqueness is amplified considering she, a mother with no sons in the armed forces due to her “Yingele’s” penal past, dares to question the integrity of those who serve.

Yet, Strock remains trapped in a web of her delusions, mistaking them for reality. Like an artist trapped in a self-spun tragedy, she paints her world in distorted strokes, obscuring the true colors of reality. This disconnection, resonating with an almost poetic disharmony, is a jarring departure from rationality.

In this solitary journey, we confront the stark realization that we are alone in navigating this sea of madness. The delirious adventure of the far-right, spearheaded by figures like Strock, must be brought to an end. The upcoming elections stand as our beacon of hope, our opportunity to halt this frenzy and steer our course back to sanity. We must urgently embrace this electoral process, recognizing it as our most potent weapon in this fight. It’s not just a matter of casting votes; it’s about reclaiming our collective destiny.

In casting our ballots, we are not merely participating in a democratic ritual; we are echoing the most resounding cries of our society for change, for a reason, for a return to a world where compassion, empathy, and justice are not just ideals but realities. Our decision in these elections must resonate with the urgency of our times, a clarion call to end the delusional odyssey of the extreme right. As we stand at this crossroads, let us choose a path that leads us away from the precipice of irrationality and towards a future where sanity and wisdom prevail.

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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