Left mulling Obama-inspired push for peace

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
March 24, 2013 23:06

 
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US president Barack Obama's call for young people to push their leaders to make peace will likely lead to a new national campaign, Peace Now leader Yariv Openheimer said Sunday.

Openheimer said he had received countless calls, emails, Facebook messages, and tweets since Obama's speech to students in Jerusalem Thursday afternoon. He said his organization was mulling joining others on the Left in starting a campaign via a large demonstration.

"There is no doubt that there has been an awakening since the speech," Openheimer said. "There is momentum on the diplomatic issue, and we can do our part to help it."

Openheimer called on his Facebook page to help turn Obama's words into actions, making reference to Obama's statement that Israelis were "not alone," which he impressed the students by saying in Hebrew.

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