(Image source: Facebook/IsraelLovesIran)



BY ALLYSON BROWN AND MALLORY PERRYMAN
 

ANCHOR LAUREN ZIMA


There’s a lot tension between Israel and Iran these days — but one Israeli couple went online to show love for their neighbors. Here’s a clip from Info Live TV.

“Ronny Edry and his wife, Michal Tamir, uploaded posters to Facebook depicting pictures of themselves with their children alongside the words ‘Iranians, we will never bomb your country. We *heart* you.’”

Edry explains in this YouTube video — his message is simple.

Ronny Edry: “If you see someone on your TV talking about bombing you, be sure, it does not represent all of the people of Israel.”

The couple started the Facebook page Saturday— and by Tuesday afternoon it picked up nearly 5,000 “likes”.

Edry says other Israelis soon began applying his design to their own photos.

And then — Iranians responded with similar messages.

CNN puts the digital back-and-forth in perspective.

“It is not possible to dial an Iranian number from an Israeli telephone. It will simply not go through. That lack of communication stems from the government level, where there is no dialogue between the two countries...”

But with ongoing speculation that Israel could indeed bomb Iran — a blogger for Israel21c says...

“...It helps to have a ‘place’ to go where you can regain a sense of sanity about... the general desire to vote for peace rather than warfare. The question is whether pink and green posters can make any kind of difference in this global disaster.”

Blogging for The Atlantic, Robert Wright says like all viral calls for change, the biggest challenge for this campaign will be...


“...getting the message beyond the most naturally receptive audience... and reaching people whose minds are more in need of changing.”

But a reporter for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency notes — this isn’t the first “Israel loves Iran” campaign that’s popped up. He suggests — the threat of war has nothing to do with how Israelis people feel about Iranians.

“...my experience is that Israelis feel very positively about the Iranian people, and have for decades... Israelis do not identify the Iranian masses with the regime.”

So how many Israelis support attacking Iran? Numbers are hard to come by —but according to a University of Maryland/Dahaf Institute poll — only 19 percent of Israelis favor bombing Iran without U.S. backing. Support jumps to 42% with U.S. involvement.

 

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Mar 20, 2012

Israelis Reach Out to Iranians Via Facebook

(Image source: Facebook/IsraelLovesIran)



BY ALLYSON BROWN AND MALLORY PERRYMAN
 

ANCHOR LAUREN ZIMA


There’s a lot tension between Israel and Iran these days — but one Israeli couple went online to show love for their neighbors. Here’s a clip from Info Live TV.

“Ronny Edry and his wife, Michal Tamir, uploaded posters to Facebook depicting pictures of themselves with their children alongside the words ‘Iranians, we will never bomb your country. We *heart* you.’”

Edry explains in this YouTube video — his message is simple.

Ronny Edry: “If you see someone on your TV talking about bombing you, be sure, it does not represent all of the people of Israel.”

The couple started the Facebook page Saturday— and by Tuesday afternoon it picked up nearly 5,000 “likes”.

Edry says other Israelis soon began applying his design to their own photos.

And then — Iranians responded with similar messages.

CNN puts the digital back-and-forth in perspective.

“It is not possible to dial an Iranian number from an Israeli telephone. It will simply not go through. That lack of communication stems from the government level, where there is no dialogue between the two countries...”

But with ongoing speculation that Israel could indeed bomb Iran — a blogger for Israel21c says...

“...It helps to have a ‘place’ to go where you can regain a sense of sanity about... the general desire to vote for peace rather than warfare. The question is whether pink and green posters can make any kind of difference in this global disaster.”

Blogging for The Atlantic, Robert Wright says like all viral calls for change, the biggest challenge for this campaign will be...


“...getting the message beyond the most naturally receptive audience... and reaching people whose minds are more in need of changing.”

But a reporter for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency notes — this isn’t the first “Israel loves Iran” campaign that’s popped up. He suggests — the threat of war has nothing to do with how Israelis people feel about Iranians.

“...my experience is that Israelis feel very positively about the Iranian people, and have for decades... Israelis do not identify the Iranian masses with the regime.”

So how many Israelis support attacking Iran? Numbers are hard to come by —but according to a University of Maryland/Dahaf Institute poll — only 19 percent of Israelis favor bombing Iran without U.S. backing. Support jumps to 42% with U.S. involvement.

 

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