Israeli women protest for peace ahead of election / Yahoo News, 4.3.15

Thousands of Israeli women, including Jews and Arabs, gathered outside parliament in Jerusalem Wednesday urging a peace agreement with the Palestinians, two weeks ahead of a snap general election.

 Despite intermittent rain, members of Women Wage Peace, a group formed after last year’s devastating war in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, were huddled a short distance from the Knesset.

“We will vote for a peace deal,” and “We choose life,” they chanted, brandishing banners.

Israelis go to the polls on March 17, in a vote that looks set to bring rightwing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a fourth term in office.

“Two weeks ahead of the elections, we’ve heard no word on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. No candidates have given their verdict on the issue,” Irit Keinan said in a speech to the rally.

“We’ve suffered through enough wars,” she said.

“Among us are young women, mothers and grandmothers, people who will raise our children — the next generation of soldiers who will be forced to go to war. It’s enough!”

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