Some 1,000 protesters marched in Tel Aviv on Saturday night in a show of opposition to the possibility of an Israeli strike in Iran.
Over 2,300 citizens confirmed their attendance on Facebook, but the actual turnout failed to meet the organizers' expectations. The march, titled "Israelis against a war with Iran," began at Habima Square and concluded at Meir Park.
"Together, we will inform Netanyahu and the world that there is no mandate to drive us into war with Iran," a spokesperson for the protest movement said prior to the event.
'Bibi and Barak, war is not a game.' (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
Some protesters wielded posters bearing the slogan "When the government is against the people, the people are against the government," and called on the country's leaders to resign. The demonstrators chanted slogans the likes of "In Tehran and in Krayot, children want to live," and "The rioting Right is dangerous for Israel."
One protester, Sherry Shein, told Ynet: "We treat the Iranians like they're mad, but we're no less mad... Anyone who thinks that it's possible to strike a nuclear plant without repercussions is naïve, and an idiot. We should make efforts to reach peace."
Another demonstrator, Tamar Fleischman, added that she has no interest in paying the price for what she called a "strictly political strike."
Not all attendees were of the same opinion. One man, carrying a sign emblazoned with the Talmud saying "If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first," called the protesters "cowards."
"The State of Israel doesn't want war," he said, "But when someone points his weapon at me, he should be disarmed."
Protesters demand diplomatic solution (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
Officials and pundits have been increasingly speculating in recent months that Israel is preparing to strike Iran's nuclear facilities in order to stunt the Islamic Republic's reported atom weapon development.
The global media and social networks have been abuzz in recent days over an Israeli couple's virtual message
of peace and love to the Iranian people.
The message, penned by graphic designers Ronny Edry and Michal Tamir, was simple: "Iranians, we love you. We will never bomb your country." A poster bearing the slogan was posted on Facebook and quickly went viral, prompting thousands to share it, comment on it and make their own versions.