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

Wish You Were Here

In the serene sanctuary of my kibbutz, I’m lost in thought, marveling at nature’s resilience against the backdrop of human complexity. Migrating birds, like distant souls from European lands, arrive in multitudes, embodying peace in contrast to Gaza’s unrest. They glide effortlessly as if dancing with the eternal rhythms of nature, offering a calm counterpoint to the jarring discord of human strife. The tragic fate of three Israeli hostages, their lives cut short in a quest for aid, echoes the poignant fragility of existence in the shadow of conflict.

So, you think you can tell heaven from hell? Blue skies from pain? Can you suggest a green field from a cold steel rail? The story of the UNRWA, once a beacon of hope, now mirrors this confusion, tangled in a web of geopolitical and humanitarian debate. Its transformation reflects our struggle with unintended outcomes of well-meaning actions, probing profound ethical dilemmas about the nature of aid amidst war.

A smile from a veil? Do you think you can tell? The emergence of extremist ideologies within Israeli society reveals deep fissures, the peril in paths carved by hate and fear. These ideologies, challenging our humanity and coexistence, call for introspection and a quest for true reconciliation and unity.

Did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts? Hot ashes for trees? Hot air for a cool breeze? Cold comfort for change? The belief in one’s absolute truth becomes an obstacle to dialogue and understanding, a state of self-deception where one narrative obscures the multitude. It threatens our societal fabric, underscoring the danger of disregarding the diverse experiences and beliefs that form our collective identity.

And did you exchange a walk-on part in the war for a lead role in a cage? As a nation and people, our choices at this crucial time will shape our legacy and global standing. The path towards mutual understanding, dialogue, and negotiation, or down the road of unilateralism and conflict, will define us.

How I wish, how I wish you were here. We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year. As the birds continue their peaceful journey, they symbolize hope and the beauty of diversity and coexistence. Our nation’s challenges inspire a vision of peace, urging us to honor our history and the universal human yearning for understanding and unity. Running over the same old ground, what have we found? The same old fears. I wish you were here.

This blended narrative maintains the reflective tone and themes of your original text while interweaving the poetic and philosophical elements of the song’s lyrics, creating a rich tapestry of thought and emotion.

P.S. For those who haven’t noticed yet, I used some lines from Pink Floyd in the monumental “Wish You Were Here.”

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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