JERUSALEM — Hundreds of Israelis protested against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday, calling the long-serving chief to resign only days after the nation has been plunged to a new federal election.
The protesters have been gathering outside Netanyahu’s Jerusalem home for months, hammering him for his handling of their coronavirus pandemic and stating he can’t lead the nation while under indictment for fraud, breach of trust, and accepting bribes in three different corruption cases.
Protesters held signs advocating Netanyahu to”Proceed” and announcing”We will not stop protesting until you escape our own lives “
While turnout was lower than previous demonstrations amid colder weather, the protesters have a brand new impetus since Israel seems headed toward its fourth election in a couple of years in March, where Netanyahu faces fresh challenges by defectors from his conservative Likud Party.
The election will probably be another referendum on Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving pioneer and also among its most populous. It will come only after Netanyahu’s trial enters its evidentiary point, which will probably pay off the corruption charges against him in the public discourse during what’s expected to become a bitter, divisive effort.
Saturday’s demonstration came a day before Israel heads to its third nationwide coronavirus lockdown, together with much of this market again tripping down amid surging disease numbers. Critics state Netanyahu and his so-called”crisis” government — put up from the spring particularly to manage the virus — bungled their answer, bringing the nation to some other expensive lockdown.
Netanyahu points to the nation’s latest vaccination effort, which has one of the world’s greatest per capita inoculation figures, since the nation’s way from this global health catastrophe.