Thousands of Israelis demonstrated on Saturday evening against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in separate parts of the country, demanding his resignation in light of the corruption charges leveled against him and the high levels of Coronavirus cases.
The demonstrators gathered at dozens of intersections, roads and bridges, carrying banners accusing Netanyahu of “failure” and calling for his resignation, and a demonstration took place in front of his private residence in the northern coastal city of Caesarea.
The main gathering was in front of Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem, where thousands demanded his resignation, according to the organizers.
In Tel Aviv, hundreds demonstrated against the high rate of unemployment and the government’s failure to support self-employed people after they lost their livelihoods due to the epidemic, Israeli media reported.
The protesters, who wore masks, carried banners accusing Netanyahu of failing to combat the Covid-19 epidemic and reducing its economic repercussions.
Despite the praises Israel received after its initial response to Covid-19, the government came under heavy criticism with the outbreak of casualties after the lifting of the quarantine measures in late April.
Netanyahu himself admitted to hastening to reopen the economy. Israel, which has a population of 9 million people, has so far registered more than 72,000 cases, including 523 deaths.
On Saturday evening, Netanyahu accused private television channels 12 and 13 of “publicizing the left-wing anarchist demonstrations” by providing wide coverage of the weeks of protests.
Netanyahu reissued a Likud party tweet saying, “They are desperately trying to brainwash people with the aim of toppling a strong prime minister from the right”.
Netanyahu also accused the media of “ignoring the violent nature of the protests and calls during which to kill the prime minister and his family”.