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

The truth will prevail

Galileo Galilei, that old stubborn genius, challenged the cosmos and the ignorance of his time with a boldness that would make us blush. He declared, loud and clear, that the earth was not the center of the universe. What audacity! He went head-to-head with the Catholic Church like someone daring a rhino to a race. In 1616, the Inquisition silenced him, but he continued to work in the shadows, releasing the infamous *Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems* in 1632, pitting heliocentrism against geocentrism as if laughing in the face of danger.

And what did he get for it? A trial in 1633, where he had to deny his convictions to avoid ending up in the flames of intolerance. Galileo was sentenced to house arrest until his last breath in 1642. A man who fought to the end for the truth, even if it meant living surrounded by walls.

Now, let Galileo rest and turn our gaze to Israel, where absurdity masquerades as politics. In a move worthy of a third-rate magician, the government slashes half a billion shekels from essential budgets. Health, welfare, and education? Who cares! The important thing is to redirect these funds to the displaced in the north and south as if that would solve anything.

It’s like taking a painter’s brush and forcing him to paint with mud. What was expected from such a decision? A miracle? No, my dears, we see a grotesque spectacle where ministers struggle to justify the unjustifiable with their starched ties and fake smiles. Meanwhile, an exhausted nurse weeps as the resources she needs are ripped from her hands. Demotivated teachers watch their classrooms disintegrate, and social workers try to glue together the shards of a shattered society.

Supporting the displaced in the north and south is undoubtedly necessary. But should these funds come from health, welfare, and education budgets? Absolutely not. The money exists within the coalition’s coffers, hoarded like a dragon’s treasure, but no one dares to touch it.

The cuts hit all ministries like a plague, except those that shouldn’t exist. The opposition rages, but who listens? The government, with its selective deafness, continues to throw crumbs at the people while feasting on privileges.

“But what does Galileo Galilei have to do with this?” – an astute reader might ask. The answer lies in the arrogance of the powerful, who still believe the world revolves around them. Just as Galileo faced the dogmatic blindness of his era, today, we face a government that refuses to see beyond its navel.

The truth is harsh and relentless. You don’t need to be a genius to realize that while they drown in their illusions of grandeur, we, poor mortals, struggle to survive in the chaos they create. History repeats itself, and there are still those who, like Galileo, dare to speak the truth amid oppression.

Yes, my friends, some still believe they can silence the truth. But as history teaches us, the truth always finds a way to shine, even in the darkest of times. And those who today believe themselves to be gods will eventually see that the world does not revolve around them.

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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