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

The Banality of Evil in Bibi’s Hands

The blood-stained sun over Gaza once again bore witness to the sacrifice of young lives, drawn like moths to the flame of war, only to be consumed by it. On the cruel morning of yesterday, four soldiers lost their lives in Rafah, their dreams and hopes shredded in an explosion that went unnoticed in the Knesset. They did not care. They are merely tools of power for Benjamin Netanyahu, whose malicious grin during the debate over an insensitive bill was a slap in the face to every mother who lost a child.

That grin is the mask of a man who has lost his humanity, an architect of chaos driven by unchecked ambition. War, to him, is nothing more than a bargaining chip, a macabre spectacle where lives are mere statistics. Netanyahu’s legacy is a brutal disconnection, where the daily lives of Israelis are sacrificed on the altar of politics. He struts through the corridors of power, indifferent to the cries of despair echoing from homes shattered by grief.

On the cruel morning of yesterday, the Knesset debated an absurd bill where the value of our children is explicitly deemed less than theirs. Four young lives were reduced to statistics while decisions were made at the icy heights of power. This cruel and inhumane disparity between the value of one life and another is the very core of Netanyahu’s policy. To him, our children are disposable pawns in a cynical and cruel game where power is the only currency that matters.

Hannah Arendt warned us about the banality of evil – how power and ambition can corrupt the soul of a nation. The morning Israelis woke up to two headlines – that the Knesset had approved the continuity rule for a bill effectively exempting the ultra-Orthodox from conscription and that four soldiers had died in Gaza – is a grim portrayal of this moral distortion.

The people, however, are not an amorphous mass. Each soldier had a name, story, and universe within them. Their mothers, wives, children, brothers, sisters, grandparents, friends – in short, life – now weep tears that will not dry anytime soon. At the same time, elected representatives, isolated in their ivory towers, continue to play the dirty game of war. Netanyahu’s policy is a daily betrayal of those who believe in justice, peace, and dignity.

The cruel irony is that those with the power to change the course to prevent bloodshed choose to perpetuate violence. Netanyahu and his allies have turned politics into a horror show where morality is a bitter joke. Every malicious grin and every callous decision is a dagger to the hearts of those who still believe in humanity, peace, and the possibility of a different future. With each empty speech, he treads on the bones of young people whose dreams were crushed by his unbridled ambition.

The echoes of the explosions in Rafah mingled with the silent cries of a people demanding justice. The disconnection is more than a political failure; it is an open wound in the nation’s soul. And as soldiers fall, like leaves in the summer heat, Netanyahu remains untroubled, smiling amidst the tragedy, perpetuating a legacy of pain and suffering that history will one day condemn. The bloodshed yesterday is a silent scream against indifference, an indelible mark of a government that values power more than human life.

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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