Protests against Israel’s unity coalition government are gaining traction and again erupted around the country last night. This time more than 15,000 demonstrators blocked the entrance to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem. The protests reflect long-held sentiments regarding Netanyahu, corruption and the general behavior of the government.
“There was a tipping point and the climax of public feelings regarding corruption in the government, as well as a general feeling of governmental disregard for public concern,” according to Jason Silverman, Israel’s Today’s correspondent. “Corona is a tipping point because many lost their jobs and now haven’t much else to lose. People are more desperate and therefore more willing to take action. Without Corona, I don’t think that the protests would be this large,” he said.
Listen to the people protesting
We asked people on the streets in front of the Prime Minister’s Residence why they now feel the need to protest, even in the midst of a pandemic that is still spreading and has crippled the nation.
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