Israeli, Iranian Publics Protest for Peace
Amid the “loose talk of war” over Iran’s potential nuclear weapons program, Israelis and Iranians have tried to speak out for peace and distance themselves from the rhetoric of their leaders. A public opinion survey conducted in Israel showed that only 19% of Israelis believe Israel should strike Iran’s nuclear facilities without the support of the U.S., and 34% think that Israel should not strike Iran under any circumstances. On Saturday, hundreds of Israelis took to the streets of Tel Aviv (with similar rallies in over 15 cities in England) to protest against the possibility of war with Iran.
The protests followed an unaffiliated Facebook campaign (initiated by the video below) in which Israelis and Iranians exchanged pictures of themselves with the statement: “Israelis/Iranians, we will never bomb you. We [heart] you.”