Israelis, who hold mass demonstrations every Saturday evening against the right-wing policies and judicial regulation of the extreme right-wing coalition government led by Netanyahu, were again in the squares across the country in the 33rd week of the protests.
Tens of thousands of Israelis participated in demonstrations in dozens of different points across the country, especially in cities such as Tel Aviv, West Jerusalem, Haifa and Herzliya.
101 thousand people attended the demonstration in Tel Aviv
The protesters gathered in front of the Government Complex on Kaplan Street in Tel Aviv, which hosts the largest demonstration, as it does every week.
According to Israel’s Channel 13 television, 101 thousand people attended the show in Tel Aviv.
Protesters in the square held a minute’s silence for two Israeli settlers who lost their lives in an armed attack in the occupied West Bank today.
Israeli singer Netta Barzilai sang the Israeli national anthem at the show.
Protesters carrying Israeli flags chanted “democracy” with drums, whistles and air horns.
The demonstrators, who opened a giant banner with a main slogan every week on Kaplan Street, carried a banner reading “You sit in the back” this week.
“You sit in the back.” His verbal warning had been the subject of controversy.
Dozens of protesters blocked Tel Aviv’s main artery, the Ayalon highway. The road was reopened after being closed for a short time.
In West Jerusalem, protesters gathered in front of the Israeli President’s residence.
Opposition leader: “This government will fall and there will be elections”
Opposition leader Yair Lapid also joined the protests in the Krayot region in the north of the country.
Former Prime Minister and Leader of the Future There (Yes Atid) Party, Lapid, said in a statement on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, that he would not go to form a unity government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“This government can’t do business and needs to go home. This is our plan. We don’t believe in miracles that won’t happen. We won’t go for a fraudulent union government that will break our moral spine. This government will fall and we will go to elections,” Lapid said. used the phrases.
Controversial judicial regulation
The “judicial reform” announced by Israeli Minister of Justice Yariv Levin on January 5 includes changes such as limiting the powers of the Supreme Court and the power to have a say in judicial appointments.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on March 27 that he was postponing the judicial regulation, which caused increasing mass protests and strikes across the country, but announced that they would bring the judicial regulation back to the agenda after the 2023-2024 budget was passed by the Parliament at the end of May.
The government had recently pushed the button again for judicial regulation after negotiations with the opposition stalled.
The Netanyahu government adopted the bill that would lift the Supreme Court’s control over the government, in a parliamentary session on July 24, which was boycotted by the opposition, despite mass protests and intense public debate across the country.
Opposing the government’s “judicial reform”; Thousands of Israelis, including fighter pilots, submarine officers, and other elite troops, had decided to leave their voluntary reservists.
The Supreme Court announced that the government will discuss the two laws passed by parliament in the judicial regulation in September.
Names who held high positions in politics, army, security, economy and judiciary in Israel declared that they were against the government’s judicial regulation.
The protest movement of the Netanyahu government against judicial regulation has been continuing its demonstrations for about 8 months.