Some 200 people gathered Sunday evening in front of Defense Minister Ehud Barak's residence
in Tel Aviv, to protest against an Israeli strike in Iran.
The demonstrators called out: "No to war" and "No to a strike in Iran."
Participants included left wing politicians and activists MK Dov Khenin (Hadash),
Eldad Yaniv and director Doron Tsabari, as well as many others.
'No to Iran strike' (Photo: Moti Kimhi)
A man carrying a picture of Barak wearing Nazi uniform was forced to lower the sign and asked to leave by the other protesters. "We will not have swastikas here," the demonstrators exclaimed.
The man was later arrested by the police and interrogated on suspicion of incitement.
'We will not have swastikas here.' (Photo: Moti Kimhi)
Tsabari, who is among the protest organizers, said he was "shocked" after reading all the Friday newspapers. "What I read was that a decision to go to war has been made against the position of the entire security echelon. We are approaching an abyss. This will be a crazed war. I can't predict the future and I don't know whether (Prime Minister) Netanyahu
plans to attack or not, but if he says he is going to war I believe him. That's why I am here, because I'm concerned."
Tel Aviv City Councilwoman Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) said: "This is a civilian gathering. It shows that the media's incitement to war can also work in the opposite direction. I don't know what Benjamin Netanyahu thinks, but even if its starts with cynicism or an attempt to affect the United States, it can get out of control and get a life of its own. At some point, we will not be able to stop it."
Protester Shachar Cotani added: "It doesn’t matter if the threat is serious or not, it is an existential threat for all of us. It may mean the dismantling of democracy. It's important to come and protest against it."