Israeli anti-Iran war demonstrations tomorrow

This video from the USA is called Can We Stop A War With Iran?

From the Israeli peace movement:

[Prime Minister] Bibi [Netanyahu] and [Defense Minister Ehud] Barak now inform us that they intend to launch an attack in the fall. The military leadership is opposed to it, civilians will be killed, the Iranian nuclear program will not be stopped, and a political solution will be even further away from achievement. We must not sit back and let this happen!

Tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm, we will gather in front of the Defense Ministry (Kaplan Street, Tel Aviv) to hold the Demonstration of the Shrouds.

Parallel demonstrations will be held in Haifa (7.00 at Merkaz HaCarmel), Jerusalem (6:00 in front of the Prime Minister’s residence) as well as at Hiroshima (!), where an international conference of anti-nuclear groups is being held.

This time we must get out of our homes!

Please bring white or light-coloured sheets.

From the Defence Minstry we will go to join the daily demonstration at Barak’s home (Ibn Gabirol St., corner of Shaul Hamelech Balvd.) at 8:00 pm.

A protest vigil takes place at that location every weekday at this hour, already for the second week.


Netanyahu and Barak are leading the people of Israel and the peoples of the entire region to a war whose hazards and severity might prove utterly unprecedented.

Netanyahu and Barak break all records of political and military adventurism, placing Israeli citizens, Jews and Arabs alike, at risk of destruction.

The danger is indeed terrible – but it is far from inevitable. It is essential – and still possible – to avert this war. At this crucial time we call upon opposition parties, political figures, intellectuals, academics and journalists, movements and groupings in the Israeli society, and even upon the sane elements within the political and military establishment, to act together against the preparations to war. All should act to create a broad mobilization of public action against the war.

We call on Left and other progressive forces, in the region and throughout the world, to raise a strong voice of opposition to this war. Mass protests should be initiated in order to mobilize public opinion and governments worldwide against the war that Netanyahu and Barak are planning to wage on Iran.

It is not aggression or horrifying wars of annihilation that would ensure the future of the peoples of the region, including the citizens of Israel. Quite the opposite, our secure future depends on a comprehensive and stable peace in the Middle East, whose core would be an Israeli-Palestinian peace.


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Uri Weltman +972-(0)52-8330046

Based on Facebook messages:

In Israel, Opposition to Attacking Iran Gains Upper Hand: here.

Elizabeth Murray, Consortium News: “As Israel threatens to bomb Iran, U.S. pundits are again pontificating about the necessity of war and opining about military tactics. Left out of their frame is the certainty of mass human suffering, a reality forgotten since the days of the Vietnam War”: here.

In the latest evidence that bad news for everyone else can often be good news for military contractors, defense investors are perking up as rumors spread that Israel might attack Iran’s nuclear complex in the Autumn: here.

Leaked cables show Netanyahu’s Iran bomb claim contradicted by Mossad . Gulf between Israeli secret service and PM revealed in documents shared with the Guardian along with other secrets including CIA bids to contact Hamas: here.

Iran and the P-6—the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany—announced Thursday that they have finalized the “parameters” for an agreement to “normalize” Iran’s civil nuclear program. Reached after eight days of heated bargaining, during which time the US twice threatened to quit the talks, yesterday’s agreement will form the basis for a final agreement to be reached no later than June 30. Should a final agreement be reached, it would represent a significant shift in US-Iranian relations, bound up with US efforts to bring Iran more closely in line with its operations in the Middle East. At the same time, the deal places onerous restrictions on Iran, while holding out the possibility for a resumption of the US-backed war drive at any time in the future: here.

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  2. Netanyahu, Barak clashed with army over Iran attack: report

    JERUSALEM | Mon Nov 5, 2012 3:19am EST

    (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak ordered Israeli defence chiefs in 2010 to prepare for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities but were rebuffed, a television report said.

    Excerpts released on Monday of an Israeli Channel 2 documentary said the armed forces’ chief of staff at the time, Gabi Ashkenazi, and Mossad intelligence head Meir Dagan both objected to the order to raise the military’s alert level to “F-Plus”, which means a strike could be imminent.

    Barak, interviewed on the Uvda investigative show, said Ashkenazi told him the army did not have the operational capability for a successful strike against Iran’s nuclear programme, which Israel believes is aimed at producing weapons, an allegation Tehran denies.

    The documentary said Ashkenazi disputes Barak’s account and that he told confidants that while the military was capable of carrying out such an attack, to do so would be a strategic mistake.

    Ashkenazi, the report added, cautioned that just giving the order to raise the alert status could set off a chain of events that could spiral out of control and lead to a wider conflict.

    In an excerpt broadcast before the programme airs later on Monday, Barak played down the significance of the alert order.

    “It is not true that creating a situation in which the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) … are on alert for a few hours or a few days to carry out certain operations forces Israel to go through with them,” Barak said.

    Dagan, who since his retirement as Mossad chief has voiced opposition to a unilateral Israeli attack on Iran, accused Netanyahu and Barak at the time of trying to launch a war illegally without cabinet approval, the television report said, citing participants at security discussions.

    Barak and Netanyahu have since signaled that an attack on Iran was not imminent. In September, Netanyahu told the United Nations that Tehran would be on the brink of nuclear weapons’ capability only in the spring or summer of 2013.

    Barak said last week that Iran has pulled back on its nuclear programme, which has given Israel more time to contemplate its next steps. {ID:

    (Writing by Maayan Lubell)


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  10. Uri Avnery: Israel’s Fake Enemy

    Israel’s fake enemy is still an enemy. After all, what would life be like without enemies?

    TOWARDS THE END of 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and declared war on the US. Their Nazi ally followed with its own declaration of war, and so did all its satellites.

    The joke tells about the Hungarian ambassador in Washington who delivered his declaration of war to the Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, who decided to have some fun.

    “Hungary, Hungary,” Hull queried, “Are you a republic?”

    “No,” the ambassador corrected him, “We are a monarchy.”

    “Indeed? So who is your king?”

    “We don’t have a king, but a regent, Admiral Horthy.”

    “An admiral? So you have a large navy?”

    “We have no navy at all, because we have no outlet to the ocean.”

    “Strange, a monarchy without a king, an admiral without a navy. So tell me, why are you declaring war on us? Do you have claims against the USA?”

    “No, we have claims against Romania.”

    “So why don’t you declare war on Romania?”

    “We can’t! Romania is our ally!”

    I REMEMBER this joke every time Binyamin Netanyahu utters his blood-curdling threats against Iran. The struggle with Iran heads his agenda. He warns of the danger of an Iranian effort to produce nuclear weapons and implicitly threatens her with our “secret” nuclear arsenal.


    God knows. I search desperately for a reason for the Israeli-Iranian conflict, a struggle of life and death, and do not find any. Nothing. Niente.

    Wars between nations are based on conflicts of interest. Are there any conflicting interests between Israel and Iran?

    None whatsoever.


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