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

Stop thinking crap

Among the worn pages of history, the destiny of Israel has unfolded like an epic saga, beginning with the boldness of visionary leaders. It all started with the Balfour Declaration in 1917, a simple document that carried within its lines the longing of a people for a homeland. Within the cold words of diplomats lay the promise of a nation.

Chaim Weizmann, the chemist who used his genius not only for scientific discoveries but to turn dreams into reality, was the first to bring this hope to fruition. Through his skillful negotiations, he not only gained the trust of the British but also planted the seeds of a Jewish state in fertile soil.

Then came David Ben-Gurion, a man whose name is synonymous with courage and determination. He declared Israel’s independence in 1948, defying the odds and the pressures of a world that seemed to conspire against the new nation. Under his leadership, Israel not only survived but flourished amidst unimaginable adversities.

Golda Meir, the Iron Lady’s leadership during the Yom Kippur War, proved that Israel’s indomitable spirit knows no gender. She faced crises with a strength and resilience that inspired generations.

With his iconic eye patch, Moshe Dayan symbolized resistance and military cunning. He led Israeli forces with a brilliant strategy, transforming the young nation into a respected military power.

Menachem Begin, whose signature on the Camp David Accords paved the way for peace with Egypt, demonstrated that bravery in war must be matched by boldness in peace. He opened a new era of possibilities, proving that even the fiercest enemies can become partners in the quest for a better future.

Yitzhak Rabin, a general turned peacemaker, paid with his life for believing peace was the true victory. His assassination left a deep wound, but his vision continues to light the way for many.

And now we come to Benjamin Netanyahu, a leader whose tenure is marked by achievements and controversies. His prolonged mandate saw the economy flourish and international alliances strengthened. However, he is also mired in corruption accusations, and his leadership was severely tarnished by the attacks of October 7 last year, when the war against Hamas resulted in countless deaths and a national tragedy. Today, Israel is hated around the world, facing a wave of global disdain.

Giants shaped Israel, each contributing their share of greatness and sacrifice. But as we look at the present, it is inevitable to question whether we are honoring these legacies or merely living in the shadows of their achievements. For Israel to become great again, it is clear that Benjamin Netanyahu must urgently step down, for he lacks the stature to continue leading us. With this far-right government, it is impossible to promote those qualities that once made us great.

History shows that the fall of civilization occurs when people no longer promote those qualities that make them great. Israel’s challenge today is to rediscover these values and embrace the spirit of unity and vision that turned dreams into reality so we can continue building a future worthy of the sacrifices of our predecessors.

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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