Amid the drumbeat of war between Iran and Israel, an Israeli couple has launched an online peace campaign in an effort to reach out to Iranians and say no to a military conflict.
Forty-one-year-old graphic designer Ronny Edry and his partner, 36-year-old Michal Tamir, launched the initiative last week by posting pictures of themselves with their children on a Facebook page with a simple message: “Iranians, we love you. We don’t want to bomb your country.”
In an interview with RFE/RL, the couple behind the “Israel Loves Iran” page said their idea was to create a virtual “boxing ring” where, instead of fighting, one opponent would reach out with both hands to “the other side.”
Ordinary Iranians tell @RadioFarda_ what they think about their country’s nuclear program.
Amid talk of possible Israeli military strikes and more tough international sanctions, Iranians inside and outside the country have gotten in touch with RFE/RL’s Radio Farda via phone and e-mail to give their views on their country’s controversial nuclear program. Here’s a sample.
“Iran is playing for time while trying to acquire nuclear weapons. It won’t acquire them, but it is creating trouble for itself and the world. The more time you give this regime, the greater treason you have committed against humanity.”
“Is it possible to be Iranian and not want nuclear energy? Nuclear energy has become a matter of prestige, even if we have to pay a price for it. You have access to nuclear energy; it’s our right, too. Yes, we want a nuclear bomb. Who wants to stop us?” [READ MORE]
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Iran Buries Missile Commander Killed In Blast, Amid Speculation About Israel’s Role
Photo Caption: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (second from left) and Revolutionary Guards commander Mohammad Ali Jafari (left) stand next to the coffins of 17 members of the Revolutionary Guards who were killed in a blast at a military base last week.