Thousands of Israelis protested against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Saturday over his alleged corruption and government handling of the coronovirus epidemic.
The crowd called outside Netanyahu’s residence, whistling, waving signs and flags and calling for his resignation.
Small protests with bridges were held at major intersections in cities across Israel.
Israeli media estimated that around 10,000 people attended what has become a weekly demonstration in Jerusalem. Organizers said 25,000 people joined the protest.
The protests, now in their 12th week, formed as COVID-19 cases over the summer.
With a population of nine million, Israel has reported approximately 150,000 infections and more than 1,000 deaths.
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The country is in recession as a result of the epidemic and the unemployment rate is over 20 percent.
A survey published in August by the Israel Democracy Institute found that 61 percent of Israelis did not trust Netanyahu to manage the coronovirus crisis.
Some critics of the Prime Minister say that he is the victim of his corruption trial on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.
The 70-year-old was charged in November in cases seeking gifts from wealthy friends and seeking regulatory favors for the media tycoon in exchange for favorable coverage. His trial opened in May and is set to resume in January.
Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing. He has described his trial as a leftist political witch-hunt aimed at inciting a popular right-wing leader.
He has condemned the demonstrators against them, accusing the protesters of trampling democracy.
A diplomatic breakthrough with the United Arab Emirates in August – followed by Bahrain on Friday, has been largely welcomed by the Israelis, but economic apprehensions sparked by the coronovirus crisis have been monitored.
Following a media backlash, Netanyahu set aside plans to travel with his family on an executive jet to Washington, D.C., on Sunday, for a signing ceremony of the Israeli-UAE accord, chartered by the Israeli delegation. Was different.
Some media commentators criticized the plan to travel to the United States, which was extraordinary at the time when Israel was heading into its second lockdown since March.
The Prime Minister’s colleagues said the plan to travel separately was a health precaution. But Netanyahu’s office said on Friday that he would travel with the rest of the delegation.
Reuters news agency