JERUSALEM (AP)-Hundreds of Israelis protested against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday, calling on long-serving leaders to resign a few days after the country is caught in a new national election.
Protesters have gathered outside Netanyahu’s Jerusalem residence for several months, bashing him for handling the coronavirus pandemic and saying that he has been accused of fraud in three different corruption cases, violated trust and cannot lead the country while taking bribes . Netanyahu denied that he was at fault.
The protesters held up signs urging Netanyahu to “go down”
Although the voter turnout rate was lower than in previous demonstrations in the cold weather, the protesters had new momentum because Israel appeared to be moving towards the four-year general election in March, and Netanyahu faced conservative Liku A new challenge for the German defectors.
This election is likely to be another referendum on Netanyahu. Immediately after Netanyahu’s trial enters the evidentiary stage, this may be expected to be a painful and divisive campaign, and the corruption charges against him will be firmly fixed on his in public. before.
Last Saturday’s protest was the day before Israel entered its third nationwide coronavirus lockdown, and many economies closed again due to a surge in infections. Critics say that Netanyahu and his so-called “emergency” government (set up specifically to deal with the virus in the spring) have thrown their response into chaos and plunged the country into another costly lockdown.
Natanyahu pointed out that the country’s current vaccination campaign is a way out of the country’s global health crisis. The campaign has one of the highest per capita vaccination rates in the world.