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

Silence the fools!

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and IDF chief Herzi Halevi, October 23, 2023. (Kobi Gideon / GPO)TOI

Amid Israel’s political turmoil, the recent meeting of the security cabinet, discussing the IDF’s commission to investigate the failures of 10/07, unfolds like a scene from a dramatic film where reality surpasses fiction. The commission, proposed by Artzi HaLevi, head of the IDF, is composed of notable figures, each bringing a wealth of experience and wisdom.

Shaul Mofaz, the commission’s president, is a symbolic figure with a remarkable trajectory – former head of the IDF and Defense Minister during the disconnection from Gaza. His leadership of this commission reflects the depth of his experience and understanding of Israel’s security challenges.

Joining him are Aharon Ze’evi-Farkash, former head of Intelligence, Samy Turgeman, former head of the southern command, and Yoav Har-Even, former head of operations command. Together, they form a group of unquestionable experts, each with a deep understanding of the complexities of Israel and its military operations.

However, this meeting is not marked by the considered appreciation of these qualifications. Instead, it is characterized by the usual verbosity of Miri Regev, Minister of Transport, whose statement – “You appointed Mofaz?” – resonates with a mix of disbelief and contempt.

HaLevi’s response, interrupted by Minister Amsalem, reflects the struggle of a leader trying to navigate amidst chaos. Amsalem’s refusal to recognize the need for investigation personifies the denial that plagues the government. Yoav Galant, Minister of Defense, offered a moment of reason, but even his support for HaLevi was overshadowed by the political spectacle orchestrated by Smotrich and Ben-Gvir.

And, at the center of this stage, Netanyahu, with his suggestion to HaLevi to “listen to the ministers,” adds just another layer of disdain to the already tumultuous meeting.

Before this scene, I invite you, the reader, to explore the details of this meeting for yourself. If, after getting informed, you do not feel a deep sense of shame for this government, consider the possibility that you might be lacking a deeper reflection. The disconnection from basic principles of integrity and responsibility should cause concern. If not, it may be time to seek a more profound understanding of its causes.

In times like these, Israel needs leaders who are more than just strategists; we need leaders with a clear moral compass capable of guiding the country not only through crises but also in restoring trust and pride in our government. We are at a critical moment, and we deserve a government that inspires us to look to the future with hope, not 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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