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Iran, Israel: ‘Not Ready to Die in Your War’

From mainstream news headlines it seems Iran and Israel are on the edge of war. Israeli politicians continue to threaten attacking Iranian nuclear facilities and Iranian authorities recite their old slogans that Israel will ‘disappear from the map.’

But as the noise of war rises from both sides, so does activism for peace.

Recently, Israelis demonstrated for peace in their capital city of Tel Aviv  and used the Internet to send a ‘no to war’ message.

"So once again, load and clear, we are saying NO to this war." From the Israeli-Loves-Iran Facebook campaign.

“So once again, load and clear, we are saying NO to this war.” From the Israeli-Loves-Iran Facebook campaign.

Peace lovers also continue to join a Facebook page that was launched on March 19, 2012 by Israeli Pushpin Mehina (also known as Ronny) that tells Iranians, ‘Israelis love you and will not bomb your country.‘ The page currently has more than 70,000 likes. On the same day, Iranians  launched the Facebook page ‘From Iran for Peace and Democracy‘, which soon started a campaign to tell Israelis, “We are your friends.”

Both campaigns came together again when the Iranian page reposted the following message from the Israeli Facebook page:

We are millions of people who will be hurt. Will be drafted, will have to fight, lose our lives, our relatives. We, parents from TelAviv and Tehran will have to run with our children to the shelters and pray the missiles will miss us.But they will fall somewhere, on someone. These last few days the sound of war is becoming louder. So once again, load and clear, we are saying NO to this war. We saying to the people of Iran: We Love You.

On Wednesday, August 16th, over 400 people, including university professors and human rights defenders, signed an online petition calling on Israeli pilots to refuse to bomb Iran, if they are ordered to do so.

The online petition reads:

the pilots we regard a decision to launch an attack on Iran as a highly mistaken gamble, which would entail severe risks for the State of Israel and would not solve the basic problem. As already mentioned, even the best operational success would not stop the Iranian nuclear program but only delay it – and for this temporary delay all of us would have to pay an exorbitant price, possibly a terrible one. You, the Air Force pilots – more than anyone else – have in your hands the real power to avert this disaster.

  • callmeisaac

    What a load of shit! The Iranian government has been the aggressor against Israel for a long time. No sympathies if Israel kicks the shit out of it!

    • Nexusfast123

      Has Iran invaded? How many nukes does Iran have? Zero. How many has Israel? 200 to 300 is an estimate. Which country’s intellectuals have threatened to nuke the Middle East and Europe? Give you a clue, its not Iran.

      • callmeisaac

        Don’t be stupid. After losing 6 million Jews in WWII, the Arabs (and in the last 30 years) Iran have been threatening to wipe out Israel. Israel has said it will sign the non-proliferation agreement once there is peace. Iran has been arming Israel’s neighbors and fighting a proxy war for 10-15 years. Iran is definitely the aggressor. Israel (Jews) defend themselves now. Get used to it.

        • MB

          I agree that the Iranian government has been the aggressor but a “preemptive strike” is not the answer. The devestation caused by the bombing is not worth being first on race day.

          • callmeisaac

            You base this opinion on what? When Israel destroyed nuclear facilities in Iraq and Syria it was with almost no loss of life. Also, if Israel bases it’s response on the cost to the enemy it does this by balancing the existentialist threat from the enemy. Since in this case significant verbal threats are accompanied by a looming nuclear threat, Israel has justification for a significant military strike. It doesn’t help Iran’s cause that it has been weighing a proxy war against Israel as well.

          • MB

            I believe that a preemptive strike will serve only to speed up their efforts. Ahmin-what’s-his-name is crazy, does not care how many people are killed, whether Israeli or Iranian, and will launch a nuke in retaliation…if some other country doesn’t beat him to it.

          • callmeisaac

            While I respect your opinion, it didn’t work out that way with either Iraq or Syria. i suspect even a partially successful Israeli strike would put Iran under consider internal pressures. The situation in Syria does add unknowns to both sides of the situation.

          • amanda klein

            Either way we can have4 iran getting the bomb. Remember beirut and Argentina!!

  • http://www.libertynewspost.com/ Liberty Newspost

    If Iranians don’t want a war they need to get rid of their leadership. Pouring fuel on the fire with inflammatory rhetoric gives the world little solace that “we can live with a nuclear Iran”. Why should we think they are lying or bluffing when they chant “Death to Israel, Death to the United States?” Imagine if Americans were in the streets chanting “Death to Iran” do you think we’d be bluffing? Somethings gotta give, you folks need to show and prove that you don’t war… otherwise there is just going to be a bunch of dead people laying around, taking years to clean up.

    • Guest

      Liberty Newspost, please come try living in Iran and changing the government. You make it seem way too easy. Please remember that it is a military dictatorship in Iran. Ordinary citizens are unarmed. Weapons are only at the disposal of people that work for the government. Voices of opposition are constantly and aggressively being silenced by heavy censorship, lies and propaganda through government-owned media, imprisonment, torture, and death. You say “If Iranians don’t want a war they need to get rid of their leadership.” Please, come to Iran and show us how we can overthrow our government as we struggle to survive the terrible economy and earn daily bread for our families. Either that or think twice before making such statements.

      • http://www.libertynewspost.com/ Liberty Newspost

        If you have faith, you can pray to God to remove them, its your only hope. Have the people Pray and Fast and they will be removed.

    • BB

      Liberty Newspost, please come try living in Iran and changing the government. You make it seem way too easy. Please remember that it is a military dictatorship in Iran. Ordinary citizens are unarmed. Weapons are only at the disposal of people that work for the government. Voices of opposition are constantly and aggressively being silenced by heavy censorship, lies and propaganda through government-owned media, imprisonment, torture, and death. You say “If Iranians don’t want a war they need to get rid of their leadership.” Please, come to Iran and show us how we can overthrow our government as we struggle to survive the terrible economy and earn daily bread for our families. Either that or think twice before making such statements.

  • http://twitter.com/TiptoeToTruth Tiptoe to Truth

    Too many people are misinformed. Iran doesn’t have a nuclear weapons
    program and hasn’t had one since 2003 – this is according to the
    American government and it’s multi-billion dollar intelligence agencies |
    http://uk.mobile.reuters.com/article/idUKBRE8781FL20120809?irpc=932 |

    Don’t buy into the fear-mongering & war-mongering of politicians on
    either side, none of them care about the common man, woman or child.

  • The Wizard of .il

    Let me show you the difference: If Israel decides to strike at Iran, they would launch a pinpointed attack and destroy nuclear facilities and make an effort at not harming anyone or anything other than those nuclear facilities.
    Iran, on the other hand, has declared that it plans to wipe Israel off the planet, whether they destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities or not.
    Ahmadinijad is crazy. Netanyahu would be crazy not to attempt to destroy Iran’s nuclear weapons capabilities.

  • The Wizard of .il

    One correction has to be made here: Tel Aviv is not the capital city of Israel. Jerusalem is. You should get your facts straight.

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