About 4,000 women demonstrated outside the Prime Minister’s residence and urged the government to renew the efforts towards peace with the Palestinians.

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About 4,000 women participated in a rally outside the Prime Minister’s residence in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening, calling on the Israeli government to renew the efforts towards negotiating a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

Among the participants were Liberian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee, whose movement helped bring an end to the Liberian Civil War in 2003. Hadassah Forman, the wife of the late peace activist Rabbi Menachem Froman, also took part in the rally along with her daughter Michal, who was injured in a Gush Etzion stabbing attack last January.

“We as women have the ability to understand the mystic secret of our existence,” Froman said on stage. “It is from this deep place that we are able to bring enemies together.”

Anat Farkash, whose son Tom was killed in the 2006 Second Lebanon War, said, “Hope is what allows us to carry on despite our tragedies and challenges. The Jewish people has paid a heavy price so that we can have that hope. I continue to pay a price every day as a mother. We cannot allow this price to have been paid in vain.”