Video chat with 'Israel loves Iran' founder: Can Facebook meme end nuclear standoff?
Ronny Edry's Facebook page, 'Israel loves Iran,' has become a social media sensation. In a Google+hangout interview, he explains how his page 'is changing minds.' Who knows? Maybe Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu will 'like' it.
Last year, when talk about war with Iran was particularly loud, a graphic designer in Israel had a simple idea. Ronny Edry decided to make a poster of himself, holding his little girl, who was holding the Israeli flag. He put the words “Iranians we will never bomb your country. We [heart] you” on it, and posted it on Facebook.
This one act blossomed into a social media sensation, with Iranians responding with their own “Iran loves Israel” images. Edry's page, "Israel loves Iran," has more than 115,000 "likes" and more than 1.3 million people have viewed Mr. Edry's Ted talk. His effort has spawned offshoot Facebook pages such as “Palestine loves Israel” and “Israel loves Palestine.” Recently, the Monitor's Pat Murphy spoke via Google+hangout with Edry, who was at his home in Tel Aviv. While the video's short introduction is a bit clouded by background noise, you can hear Edry very well in this 7-minute interview. Here are some typed excerpts from the video, which can be viewed below.
On whether something as simple as love can impact something as complex as nuclear talks with Iran: