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Israeli-Iranian solidarity exchange sweeps Facebook

On Saturday night, an Israeli couple – two graphic designers named Ronnie Edri and Michal Tamir –  decided to cut across the growing anxiety and fear over the possibility of an Israel-Iran war, and address Iranian citizens directly. They created a slogan you can impose over your profile picture or any picture of your choice:

The Israeli meme nation is a harsh and biting one, and many of the first responses were on the cynical side:

But more and more Israelis took up the call in earnest,

 

and some added messages of their own; as these are also being enthusiastically copied and reproduced, it’s hard to establish authorship, but one of the more popular ones ran:

To the Iranian people
To all the fathers, mothers, children, brothers and sisters

For there to be a war between us, first we must be afraid of each other, we must hate.
I’m not afraid of you, I don’t hate you.
I don t even know you. No Iranian ever did me no harm. I never even met an Iranian…Just one in Paris in a museum. Nice dude.

I see sometime here, on the TV, an Iranian. He is talking about war.
I’m sure he does not represent all the people of Iran.
If you see someone on your TV talking about bombing you …be sure he does not represent all of us.

I’m not an official representative of my country. I’m a father and a teacher. I know the streets of my town, I talk with my neighbors, my family, my students, my friends and in the name of all these people …we love you.
We mean you no harm.
On the contrary, we want to meet, have some coffee and talk about sports.

To all those who feel the same, share this message and help it reach the Iranian people.

And then came the response:

 

The couple told “The Marker” they had received hundreds of private messages from Iranians saying they were deeply moved by the campaign.

So what does it all mean? Quite simply, that neither party has any appetite for a war right now. As an Iranian first strike on Israel is not even on the cards right now, Iranian opposition to war may come as no surprise. But it’s important to stress the Israeli opposition to war reflected above is also far from an abstract “make love not war” one. A recent survey found a whopping 50 percent of Israelis were totally opposed to an attack on Iran, even if the diplomatic efforts to stall the nuclear program failed. 43 supported the move, but 78 percent of those surveyed recognised that even a successful attack would at best delay Iran’s acquisition of an A-Bomb by  a few years. Only 16 percent believed such an attack would wipe out the Iranian nuclear program for good. An earlier survey that specifically asked if Israel should attack on Iran on its own found 65 percent of Israelis were opposed.

Although I’m normally very cynical on just how much leaders care for public opinion when making a decision to go to war, we should remember Netanyahu is first and foremost a populist and that this is an election year. I’d be surprised if Netanyahu doesn’t repeatedly reminisce on the experience of his predecessor, Ehud Olmert, who went to a much more popular war in Lebanon, botched it, lost power and set in motion the destruction of his own party; although Olmert characteristically leeched on to power for another two and a half years, the inconclusive ending of the war and the severe casualty toll foretold Kadima’s downfall as soon as the ceasefire in Lebanon was enacted. A war with Iran has much higher chances of failure and much greater casualties are at stake. In this situation, such campaigns might – just might – add a few grams of pressure on Netanyahu to stay his hand.

More Iran coverage on +972 Magazine:
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U.S. embassy alarmed by ‘missile’ in anti-war art project
In front-page editorial, Pro-Netanyahu paper supports attack on Iran
Polls: Israelis fear unilateral strike more than Iranian bomb
Poll: Huge majority opposes unilateral Israeli war on Iran

 

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    1. Gregory

      I love the people in Israel and the people in Iran, and I am an American. No war! I wish only peace and happiness for everyone.

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    2. Ronnie and Michal,I’m an Iranian and as far as i know many Iranian do respect Josh and we have largest population of Josh in Mideast after Israel. they all are our brothers and sisters we love them and we believe they are part of our people,culture and nation as same as everybody. we have been leaving together over two thousand years.Iran is their country as ours.Iranian have no problems with any other nation and religions!War talk is only about politician who are looking for their benefit no matter Iranian pollution or Israelis or American all are same!! We love all people…
      Thanks for your lovely idea which gives us chance to talk together directly.
      Best regard to all Israelis

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    3. Jason

      I wanted to say as an American I am so tired of all the wars and killing done by our government.
      I love you both Israeli and Iranian people!

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    4. Renata

      I am in New Zealand, I know some Israelis and some Iranians, they are my brothers and sisters in faith.

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    5. I am American, I have no hate for anyone. My hope is we can all walk side by side, stand united against anyone who wants to make war, and live our lives with peace. The hatred brews and breeds, love is more powerful than hate. Good can prevail evil, we have to live in peace, and breed loving tolerance.

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    6. immortal

      i cant believe people are falling for this !!!
      such a shame

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    7. Seamore

      Thank you as an American I’m so happy that people don’t hate in spite of what governments say. After seeing the possibilities of what happened in 2011 I can only hope as the world gets closer that we will be able to stop war and fearmongers and have world peace. Human life is worth more than money, push to end all wars. All countries need to look in the mirror.

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    8. Karla

      I am a german woman and I can say this was the most beautiful thing i could have read today. It really made my day to see that under all the hate spread by big powers there is solidariety and love, no matter race, religion or culture.

      To the israeli and iranian community i hope you grow strong and united!

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    9. Susan

      Israelis, Iranians, Americans, all together! EVERYONE AGAINST THE PHONY “MULLAHS” – THEY’re behind all this belligerency!

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    10. John Adams

      Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. Cultivate peace and extend goodwill to all nations , not favoring one over another.

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    11. Arlette Gadi-Atlas

      Love is the core of our being. It is the very essence of Life, and is everywhere, no matter how much there seems to be hatred and conflicts. So please, you can be israeli, american, iranian,or anything else, you are God’s child

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    12. sh

      So, those of us who still live in countries in which we are allowed to express our wishes, when are we going out to show our leaders that we do *not* want war? Not with Iran, not with the Palestinians, not with anyone.

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    13. I am a proud American, and I love all the people of the world, including all the citizens of Iran and Israel. I am so happy to see this Facebook activity!!!
      I LOVE YOU!!!

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    14. The right to creating and deceasing the human soul belongs only to God. Each and every one of us is precious and irreplaceable. Live and let live. Love is stronger than Hate. And that’s healthy.

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    15. Joyce O'Brien-Green

      One day knowing will replace belief and religion…..then LOVE WILL GET THROUGH.

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    16. Leslie Sabol

      We need peace, we want peace, we will have peace!!

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    17. Its time we had peace in the world. I would bet there are more peaceful people in the world than fanatics?

      Anyone I agree.

      Its time to work toward peace for ALL.

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    18. ANYONE AGREE TO PEACE?

      ALL THOSE IN THE WORLD IN FAVOR OF PEACE STAND UP AND SAY, “I AGREE”

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    19. David Shapiro

      No WAR with Iran! Stop letting the Hawks in Israel dictate your lives!!! Stop the Israeli Lobby (AIPAC) from dictating Israel’s agenda!!!
      Salaam! Shalom!!!!

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    20. John Lennon must be looking down from hevan with the biggest smile on his face.Peace.

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    21. I am Conservative, American, Christian… I do not believe in conflicts but I am not naive enough to believe the posters… IF the Muslim world were not out to destroy or assimilate the rest of the world I could put a small amount of belief in this… However IF you will read the Bible it foretells of the end times… Not my story but I believe every word. I have watched for 30 years as we near the Armageddon that has been foretold for 2k years. I do not know when the point of no return will be crossed… however America owes Sodom and Gomorra an apology if it does not come soon. I personally have no qualms with any other country or their personal beliefs. I will fight to the death for anybody to choose their destiny… I will also share my beliefs with anyone… without force or threat of death if they do not choose my way of believing… I will also NEVER support ANY American position that goes against Israel. PERIOD END OF STATEMENT>>>!!!

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    22. Mina

      I am Iranian…I and other people of my country hate war…we love peace and all people from different cultures and religions or society around the world:)good job

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    23. Pola

      I am very impressed by this action, it is amazing how people can express solidarity with each other! I live in Poland, over the last 100 years our country was involved in both world wars and ended up under 50 years long Soviet occupation… WE DON’T WANT ANY MORE WARS AND CONFLICTS for any of us! However, as we live under the threat of nuclear war in the Mid East, thanks for this action to calm our hearts and retrieve belief in humanity!

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    24. Sebastian

      Really. I wish I could hug you guys. People like you keep me from losing all faith I could have in humanity.

      People just want to live their lives the best they can and be happy, that´s it.

      Let´s spread this message far and wide, so it can go viral as fast and strong as possible. Cheers =)

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    25. alireza

      Citizens of the world should really be thinking about starting a OCCUPY POLITICS campaign.

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    26. Angela Palmer

      I think this is a wonderful idea. People are people. It it interesting to see this because all of a sudden Iran and Israel are not just countries they are people and this is important because when two countries go to war it is not the country fighting; it is the people.

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    27. a mother from Iran

      I’m iranian. Yes we love all kind people in the world. But don’t forget that israilies have made a bad mistake!!!
      They helped their government to occupy Palestine and made its people homeless. Also, Israil is killing them in Gaza right now. Israilies have to show that they don’t agree with their government’s policy. We love. All kind people in the world

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    28. I am shocked that how people can made fools by these masonic hypocrates and zionists. I am not racist neither i am in favor to war with anyone but i would like to pass out my view. Check first 4 pictures. 1. Tory hmmmm! the way they tricked the people to enter into the city and when the city sleep they came out of their hidden horse and next day the city was in their hands? am i right?
      2. picture: is the Picture of Bush saying we will never bomb iraqi people. And we all seen that on media that what happened and what is still happening in iraq and afghanistan.
      3rd pic: had a clear Masonic Black and White sign. ALso it means that the person is a freemason.
      4th picture: MASONIC HAND SIGN OF CHEATING.
      SO
      COMON IRANIAN FRIENDS: These zionists are again giving you dodge, trying to fool the world with their so called love signs and graphics but indeed they are warning you that they will attack you either on your consent or without your consent and be prepare for it. Dont make your self foolish on this drama of TICKETING.

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    29. Ashley

      From an American Christian family to all, as an American I am disgusted by these wars, as a Christian and a human being, I want love and life. We want peace.

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    30. Ahmad Von Jürgen Ben Shalom-Chu

      I am half Jewish half Muslim born. As a result, I believe nothing.

      I love Israel and Iran. I hate the leadership in both countries. And I detest both religions.

      The biggest competitive threat to the powerful countries of the world would be (an unlikely, if not unfathomable) Israel-Iran unity. Iran would be so well off if it would open up as Cyrus the great, and Isreal totally secure. Now that we know that is not going to happen, we can still aim for friendship at least. That is possible. It was the case 33 years ago.

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    31. Trudy

      I am an American and I am SO HAPPY TONIGHT to see this beautiful exchange with Israelis and Iranians. Just last night I watched a program about Iran, the lost Glory and it told about Cyrus the Great. He was wonderful! Our leaders today should learn from him. Americans don’t want to harm Iranians, why would we? Israelis families don’t want to harm Iranian families, why would they? it the governments and their leaders who drum for wars because it is a profitable business for them and their cronies. The people want PEACE, we should have it! PEACE to all! Love to All! Life to All!

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    32. max

      That is the spirit.This is what i was praying for.Stop the hate stop the war.

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    33. sima

      It sounds great, but they said that they would not arrack Iraq, lebanon,gaza, and they hit syria 3 years ago. Maybe, because you may have some relatives still in Iran, you can convince everyone to hope and pray..let’s hope…

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    34. i came to america 48 years ago escaped from a comunist regime there we all lived together muslem cristians catolics orthodhox but we hated our comunist system of government we all loved each other if these countrys that spend bilions building weapons for killing other people they could spend in improving peoples lives we all will have a better life and live in peace no fear of war but try to tell that to some hateful leaders who think their religion is the only one that should exist

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    35. Micheal Freshney

      You can meet as Enemies and part as Brothers, why?, because there is real Talk with True Promises. Peace Love and Respect for anothers Opinion.

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    36. chris

      war is not the answer i am american and i love all of my brothers and sisters of this wonderfull earth and meen no one any harm

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    37. Shan Nawaz Hassim

      How nice that some one has taken this innitiative, people need to come to this understanding and except we are all brothers and sisters, not matter where we come from,

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    38. Katie Brotten

      Love this! Right in time for the Persian New Year! Happy New Year!

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    39. DAX TIBUS

      What a meaningful exchange of hearts in the name of global. As a Mindanaoan Filipino I share with your journey.

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    40. As an American, love you all!

      As a earthling on the same planet, we shall treasure and cherish one another. Begin the world peace today. Speak up as citizens. We all make a difference! Much love from here in Dallas, Texas to the rest of the world. God bless you guys in Iran & Israel. I hope all is well.

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    41. Lora

      I totally support this wonderful and original, fresh-thinking project. Kol ha kavod, to the family who started it!!!
      I am American and Israeli and I wish no harm on the Iranian people either…I am so pleased that many of them also feel this way. Peace, love, light and harmony to everyone.My true wish and prayer is that we are able to ssolve these conflicts iona peaceful way, even if it is a “cold peace.” I ran seesm like a fascinating country , one that I wish I could visit if it were our ally. May peace and love be bestowed upon us all, long life with health in every way. Amen!

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    42. ram.

      we love you too. our culture was show to the world by farhadi’s film (separation) . in freedom of iran in next day’s we will show you that we like friendship with all world. we love you …

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    43. Please people of the world….it is time we overthrew the corrupt government that creates war in our name. It is the people that should control the government not the other way around.

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    44. As an American I have no hate for Iranian people. I would much rather be brother and sister with all of the people of the world. I want to learn from my brothers and sisters everywhere and share this planet and this life. Peace.

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    45. Laura

      It is time for a massive spiritual awakening on this beautiful planet earth. By the awareness expressed in these messages, we see that we are all one and the same. Love embroiders through our lives, binds us together, and makes us free. WE are greater than any government, we have the power to create a world of peace and love that transcends petty differences and rises exultant from the horrors of past wars and inhumanities. RISE UP and SING!!! I LOVE YOU! YOU ARE MY SISTERS AND MY BROTHERS EVERYWHERE!ALL you need is love and our world enters a new paradigm. NO more fighting, no more wars!

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    46. Brian

      I’m Iranian- American with Jewish ancestors. In my opinion both Iranian and Israeli people deserve a much better government. Israel and Iran should be best friends. I love you guys.

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    47. Ahmed Asgher

      Shalom, Salam, Peace be upon ALL Humanity. Every one of us has the obligation to uphold peace and declare violence null and void. War as a form of dispute resolution has passed its use by date. People of the world have had enough of stupid politicians who use intimidating words against whole nations who they have never met. Like you, we are all men, women, boys, girls, children who love to play, have fun, giggle, create arts/science and learn from diversity of life. Those who are blinded by ethnicity, religion or nationality do not repesent us, they are in the very minority who want to take advantage of fear and protect their own status. We are the free people of this world, respect each other, want to meet each other, exchange ideas and love each other so that we leave this world a better place for our future generations. Learn from the past and do not repeat the stupid mistakes of our forefathers and look forward to a better future. But above all, be present and speak your mind. In peace and love, Ahmed from Bahrain; currently living in New Zealand.

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    48. bahman

      i’m from ira. As a real iranian we love you too, we could be the best in the world with each other but they didn’t let us.
      the politics dont want.

      the world would be more beautifull and be heaven with love, we really dont say anything against your country i swear GOD.
      we are brothers and sisters.

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    49. amin

      HI EVERYBODY
      IM IRANIAN.
      WE HAVE CELEBRATON TODAY.WE NAMED IT EID.WHEN FLOWERS GROW…WHEN EARTH REBORN…WE CELEBRATE THIS TIME…IRANIANS ARE LOVER…WE LOVE LOVING AND HELPING MANKIND.
      DO YOU KNOW WHAT IS OUR WORD?
      DO YOU KNOW THANT THE REASONS OF ALL OUR ENEMIES?
      JUST PELESTINE.IF WE STOP POLITICS ABOUT PELESTINIAN ALL THINGS SOLVED.
      BUT ITS REALITY.ITS HUMINITY.WE LOVE ALL PEOPLE.A PELSTINIAN EQUAL AN AMERICAN.NOT DIFFRENT.IF A COUNTRY ATTACK US AND OCCUPY US WE HELP U.S PEOPLE.THINK THINK THINK.OUR ENEMIES MEDIA TRY TO TELL YOU WE ARE TRYING TO TERMINATE ALL WORLD.ITS BIGGEST LIE.WE LOVE ALL WORLD.ALL…DO YOU KNOW WHAT MEAN ALL?
      IT MEANS IRAQ AFGHANESTAN PAKISTAN ARGENTINA CUBA,PELESTINE,U.S.A ,…
      PLEASE THINK ABOUT MY WORDS
      I LOVE YOU ALL

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    50. Barbara Swetina

      What beautiful exchanges! This makes my heart sing to see the love of peace and friendship expressed between people of all nations and faiths! That’s who we are – one incredible human family! Israel and Iran, and all nations, we have the power that we believe we have! No politician can do anything without our support. I am from Austria. Bless you all!

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