Anti-war movement rallies in Israel

We want all the Middle East to become a nuclear weapon-free zone, and that includes Israel.”

The Financial Times reported today that about 1,000 protesters took to the streets of Tel Aviv on Saturday night, urging the government not to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. They chanted anti-war slogans, and waved posters with messages such as “Talk, Don’t Bomb”.

Demonstrators said they were afraid an attack on Iran could unleash a broader war with devastating consequences.

“I don’t think we should attack Iran,” said Dalia Kraid, a protester. “If we strike, instead of preventing a nuclear war we might start one,” she added. Ifat Zvirin, another demonstrator, said: “We are afraid, like most of the people in the country who are against a war with Iran. We want all the Middle East to become a nuclear weapon-free zone, and that includes Israel.”

“Israel-Loves-Iran” Facebook group

A successful Israeli Facebook campaign against war with Iran was launched earlier this month. Set up by a couple from Tel Aviv, the “Israel-Loves-Iran” Facebook group has attracted more than 37,000 supporters in less than two weeks, and has been the subject of intense media attention both in Israel and abroad. Its slogan (“Iranians, we will never bomb you – we love you”) was picked up by several of Saturday’s Tel Aviv demonstrators.

Recent opinion polls have shown that only 19% cent of Israelis support a unilateral strike on Iran.

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