Israel amidst severe Covid-19 wave, protests over official reaction

Yamina Party chairman Naftali Bennett at a press conference in Jerusalem

For the first time in several weekends, no separate protest of independent workers suffering from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic is being held in Tel Aviv.

The rallies against Netanyahu are the largest Israel has seen since 2011 protests over the country's high cost of living.

Some held posters that said "Crime Minister" or called him "out of touch", while dressed up as visitors from outer space, in a move aimed at mocking comments by Netanyahu's son, Yair, who caused a public uproar this week when he described the demonstrators as "aliens".

The authorities stated that 5,000 folks took half within the protest, whereas Channel 13 reported as much as 15,000 within the Saturday evening rally that passed off in Jerusalem for the fifth consecutive week.

After proceeding fast to include the virus last spring, so many think Israel reopened its market too fast, causing a spike in cases.

There was a heavy police presence at the demonstrations but no reports of violence in the loud but orderly protests.

The poll also shows that the Blue and White Party headed by Netanyahu's rival, Defense Minister Benny Gantz, continues to crash and would receive only eight seats.

As Israel continues to be battered by a second wave of coronavirus infections, the poll shows a majority of Israelis, 71 percent, believe the government is doing a bad job of managing the economic crisis, with 59 percent saying they are dissatisfied with Netanyahu's performance.

Likud and Blue and White have repeatedly squabbled since forming a coalition government in May.

"Netanyahu has disregarded the demonstrators as" leftists" and" anarchists" and inciting violence. He also accuses the local media of strengthening the demonstrations by giving them heavy coverage. The violence on the a part of the demonstrators is totally ignored, he stated, in addition to the day by day "loss of life threats" towards his household - all whereas he's "preventing to revive the financial system and supply monetary assist to Israeli residents". Some protesters have clashed with police, accusing them of using excessive force, while small gangs of Netanyahu supporters affiliated with a far-right group have assaulted demonstrators.

The presentations, occurring many times per week at places across the nation, are coordinated by a loose-knit community of activist groups.

The protesters were angry at the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis and said Netanyahu should not remain in office while on trial for corruption charges. He's been charged with fraud, and breach of confidence and accepting bribes at a string of scandals.



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