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Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:21AM
File photo shows demonstrations against Israel's anti-Iran war rhetoric.

File photo shows demonstrations against Israel's anti-Iran war rhetoric.

Israelis have staged a protest outside the residence of the Minister for Military Affairs Ehud Barak to voice opposition to a possible attack against Iran. Protesters on Wednesday night carried placards that read “ Dialogue instead of bomb” “No to war” and “The home front is not ready.” Tel Aviv City Councilwoman Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) said, “This is the fourth night that we are here. We oppose dangerous adventurism between two people.” She added that the war against Iran is not aimed at defending Israel but it only seeks to retain posts. The protesters announced that a big demonstration would be held on Thursday in protest at war against Iran. Last week, Israeli Labor Party leader Shelly Yechimovich said reports coming from the administration about Iran were worrisome. "Of course, the political realm must make this decision. That said, when the heads of the armed forces, past and present, express strong opposition [to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's strategy,] the lack of attention to their recommendations borders on the irresponsible," she said. Washington and Tel Aviv have repeatedly threatened Tehran with a military strike to force it to halt its nuclear energy program, claimed by the duo to have been directed towards the acquisition of military nuclear capability. Tehran, however, refutes such allegations as “baseless” and maintains that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency it has every right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. Iranian officials have also promised a crushing response to any military strike against the country, warning that any such measure could result in a war that would spread beyond the Middle East. SF/MA
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