One evening, as the governments of Israel and Iran renewed their calls to war 41 year old Ronny Edry and his wife Michal Tamir, graphic designers and teachers living in Tel Aviv, uploaded a poster to their Facebook page.
The poster was a photo of Ronny with his daughter holding the Israeli flag. The written message:“Iranians, we will never bomb your country. We love you.”
Ronny attach a personal letter to the poster, addressed to the Iranian people, sharing his wish to stop a war with Iran by getting to know the other side – all by simply starting a conversation.
The letter read:
“To the Iranian people To all the fathers, mothers, children, brothers and sisters.
For there to be a war between us, first we must be afraid of each other, we must hate.
I’m not afraid of you, I don’t hate you. I don t even know you.
No Iranian ever did me no harm. I never even met an Iranian…
Just one in Paris in a museum. Nice dude.
I see sometime here, on the TV, an Iranian.
He is talking about war.
I’m sure he does not represent all the people of Iran.
If you see someone on your TV talking about bombing you, be sure he does not represent all of us. I’m not an official representative of my country. I’m a father and a teacher.
I know the streets of my town, I talk with my neighbors, my family, my students, my friends and in the name of all these people, we love you. We mean you no harm.
On the contrary, we want to meet, have some coffee and talk about sports.
To all those who feel the same, share this message and help it reach the Iranian people.
Please stop the war
Please stop the rockets.
Please don’t enter Gaza.
It will lead only to more death.
On both side people are going to die. We are going to loose friends, family, children.We are going to get trapped in another bloody circle and at the end it will serve no one.We can stop now.
Stop the rockets.
Stop the marching orders.
Talk before it s too late.
This is The only solution to this madness.
Even in this difficult moment, even after all the rockets, the bombing, the dead, it is not to late.
As an Israeli, my heart goes to my people in the south of Israel, to the mothers and children of Ashdod, Ashkelon, to the families who lost their loved one, to the people who have been living in fear for years.
As a human being my heart goes also to the mothers and children of Gaza, to the families who lost their loved one, to the people living in fear for years.
More bombs on both side won t change a thing. They will just prove right the extremists and take all of us down.
In 2009 hundreds of people died in the same scenario….for what?
In the last 4 years both side should have done everything they can so this will never happen again….and today it s happening all over again.
Today can be the last day of this war if you want it
Please stop the warRonny, Israel