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

Protests on November 25th, share this message

You know, sometimes I think Israel is more like a TV show with lunatic scriptwriters than an actual country. Five weeks since that cursed Saturday, and what do we have? Leadership that seems more lost than a blind man in a shootout. Do we expect action, responsibility, and maybe even a “mea culpa,” but what did we get? More of the same: disconnection, discord, division. It’s like a soap opera plot minus the charm.

Now, in an ideal world, we’d wait for the war to end to settle scores with those responsible, but let’s face it, who lives in an ideal world? Israel needs new leadership, and it needs it now. It’s not just a wish, it’s a screaming necessity.

Why now, you ask? Well, let me tell you. First, all the big names in national security, the ones who really know their stuff, are saying the current government is a threat to Israel’s security. With Netanyahu and his crew, beating Hamas or Hezbollah is like trying to win the loto without playing.

The experts, those with PhDs and all, are hammering on the same point: Netanyahu is sinking the ship. His reliance on right-wing extremists like Smotrich and Ben Gvir is like trying to put out a fire with gasoline. It’s not going to work.

The international community, oh boy. They see Netanyahu as a snake oil salesman. No one takes the man seriously. And honestly, who can blame them?

Israel’s security top brass isn’t buying what Netanyahu is selling either. A government that doesn’t have the trust of its own military is like a car without an engine. It’s going nowhere.

And the people? Oh, the people. Most of us no longer believe in this government. We don’t believe in its intentions, its ability to protect the country, our children, our missing. Trust in the government and Netanyahu is lower than the Shekel’s value.

Israel needs a complicated process of fighting and then social, political, and economic reconstruction. Only a government with broad public support can do this. A government with less than 20% public support? Forget about it.

For these and many other reasons, Israel needs new leadership. It could be right, center, or left, the people will decide at the ballot box. But it can’t be the same group that caused all this mess.

Elections during wartime sound complicated, but they’re really not. Believe me, and if you don’t want to believe me, read about Abraham Lincoln’s election. Amidst the Civil War, Lincoln managed to secure re-election, a testament to the resilience of democracy even in the most trying times. It’s a bit like trying to change tires on a moving car, but history shows it can be done.

The military, the security chiefs, they don’t get distracted by this. In fact, they’d rather know that the leadership guiding them in the coming years has the people’s support.

As for the political structure that will allow this change, honestly, that’s the least of our concerns. There are plenty of possible solutions. Let the politicians figure it out. We, the people, want results. And the results are: everyone home, now!

Maybe we can create an interim government, led by someone from Likud or the national security camp. But that would just be a Band-Aid. The definitive solution is a new government that has the people’s trust.

So, if you’re thinking of joining the protests on November 25th, share this message. Let’s make some noise; let’s demand change. Because, at the end of the day, what we all want is a home to return to. A home called Israel.

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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