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

When near a woman, they transform into boys

Men, those creatures with beards and muscles, heavy strides, and baritone voices, harbor within them a secret invisible to the less observant: when near a woman, they transform into boys. No matter the tie or the position they hold, in her presence, they re-emerge with the clumsy purity of adolescence.

They get lost in the games of glances, stumble over their own words, and her arched eyebrow takes them back to the school corridors, where a smile is the most valuable trophy. In her hands, a man forgets the seriousness of his age. His eyes shine with curiosity as a boy’s in front of a wrapped gift. They want to impress, be noticed, be the hero of the day, the hour, the moment.

The presence of a woman is the catalyst that dissolves the adult pose and reveals the child still playing hide-and-seek behind his responsibilities. Men near them are those who seek approval in every smile, in every gesture, in every word. They become vulnerable and hopeful, rediscovering the simple joy and sincere fear of not being good enough.

It is not a weakness but a humanity that overflows when the mask of adulthood falls, and vulnerability appears. At that intersection of laughter and insecurity, it is there that a man’s truth shows: he is just a boy, still learning the complex language of the heart.

And, as observed in the broader sphere of our existence, even leaders, those titans clad in authority and power, do not escape this eternal return to childhood. Take, for example, Benjamin Netanyahu’s behavior towards Israel, our beloved nation. He, who should be the personification of maturity and wisdom, sometimes reveals himself as a stubborn boy, playing recklessly with the destinies of a land that asks for not an impulsive hero but a thoughtful guardian.

Benjamin Netanyahu, in his behavior towards Israel, our beloved nation, does not show himself to be the man we would expect to lead a people with such history and challenges. He is a boy – lying, rude, irresponsible, selfish, and cowardly. Instead of rising as a firm and aware leader, he falters, lost in childish selfishness that harms the collective well-being. He does not listen, learn, or respect; he hides behind false promises and flees from proper responsibilities. Behind every reckless action, we see not the cunning of a statesman but the insecurity of a boy who fears facing the truth of his limitations. How can someone like this lead Israel? He lacks courage, revealed in humility and genuine commitment to his people.

P.S. I couldn’t secure a job without expressing my thoughts, so I prefer to say what I think since it will be so anyway.

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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