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

Voting for Ben Gvir is not just a mistake; it’s a moral failing.

SMS by my phone

Upon receiving the message today, my peace was shattered, engulfed by a wave of anger so profound it resonated within the deepest recesses of my soul. This wasn’t just any appeal—it was a petition against the release of hostages, a grotesque parody of humanitarian concern originating from Ben Gvir’s camp, casting a long, dark shadow over my conscience with its stark reminder of our society’s gravely misplaced priorities.

The surge of outrage I felt was fueled not only by the content of the message but also by the blatant misdirection of resources it implied. The stark reality hit me hard: funds that could bring solace to over 150,000 Israelis, left to languish on the fringes of their homeland as internal refugees, were being squandered to amplify the divisive rhetoric championed by individuals like Ben Gvir. The idea that financial support, meant to serve as a beacon of hope for our most vulnerable, was instead powering the machinery of hatred was beyond intolerable.

Compelled by a mix of anger and disbelief, my mind dallied with thoughts of retaliation—of transforming that digital provocation into a tangible symbol of defiance. Given the chance, I would materialize it only to cast it back into the abyss from which it emerged as a potent symbol of my utter rejection of Ben Gvir’s moral depravity.

Yet, beneath the immediate visceral reaction, a more profound, more insidious sense of betrayal lingered. This scenario transcended mere political disagreement; it was a direct insult to the core of our shared humanity. To lend support to Ben Gvir, to cast a vote in his favor, represents a collective moral lapse that cuts to the very essence of what it means to be part of a community, of a nation. The internal conflict is palpable—how do we reconcile with ourselves, knowing that our silence, our inaction, contributes to a culture that elevates divisive agendas above the essential needs of our people?

This conflict goes beyond the political domain, challenging the foundation of our moral and ethical convictions. It serves as a grave reminder that indifference exacts a steep toll, quantified not in financial terms but in the currency of human lives and shattered dreams. The fight against the ideology Ben Gvir stands for demands more than mere opposition; it calls for a renewed commitment to the values of empathy, solidarity, and an unwavering belief in the transformative power of love and compassion to surmount the forces of hate and division.

Standing at this critical juncture, our path forward must be clear and decisive. This is a call to action, not solely against an individual like Ben Gvir but against the broader societal ailment that has allowed such figures to gain prominence. We are compelled to forge a future that upholds the dignity of all individuals, eschewing the politics of fear and division in favor of a foundation built on mutual understanding, kindness, and collective well-being.

As we steer through these tumultuous waters, the choices we make and the actions we undertake will indelibly sculpt the moral landscape of our society. We must grasp the profound impact of our decisions, acknowledging that the direction we choose not only defines us but also the legacy we bequeath to generations yet unborn. In the face of division, we must pursue unity; in moments of despair, we must ignite hope; and amidst indifference, we must exemplify compassion. The challenge we face is not just political; it is a testament to our collective humanity, a gauge of our resolve to uphold principles that surpass personal gain and reflect our deepest-held values.

As dawn ushers in the light upon our path, may we be guided by our better angels? Let us opt for a trajectory that veers us from the precipice of animosity, steering us toward a horizon filled with understanding and peace. This voyage demands courage, resilience, and a steadfast dedication to the ideals that unite us as a people as a nation.

Ultimately, our deeds mirror our character, bearing witness to our dedication to justice, equality, and the inherent worth of every individual. In this defining moment, let us rise to meet the challenge, embracing our collective humanity with open hearts and minds. Ultimately, I know people who voted for this trash, and I cannot forgive them because voting for Ben Gvir is not just a mistake; it’s a character flaw.

About the Author
Gil Mildar is a 60-year-old Brazilian who made Aliyah a few years ago. He holds a Law degree from the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos in Brazil and a postgraduate degree in Marketing from the Universidad de Belgrano in Argentina. Over the years, he has had the opportunity to work in Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, and now Israel. For the past 30 years, his focus has been on marketing projects in Latin America.
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