Protests against the Netanyahu government escalate in Israel


Protests against the Netanyahu government escalate in Israel

Over the weekend, thousands of protesters in Israel demanded the release of hostages held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip and called for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down. Demonstrations took place in several cities including Caesarea, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Raanana, and Herzliya, and are expected to continue throughout the week. According to international agencies, this Saturday’s protest was one of the largest against the Israeli government since October when Hamas carried out attacks in the south of the country, resulting in casualties.

As the war in Gaza continues, anger towards the Netanyahu government is growing, leading to increased protests. The Israel Business Forum, representing the country’s largest companies and private sector workers, has allowed employees to participate in the anti-government rallies without facing sanctions. The protests, set to take place over four consecutive days in Jerusalem, have garnered support from various sectors, including technology companies which are integral to the Israeli economy.

Civil society groups and families of hostages are planning a four-day protest starting Sunday in front of the Knesset, urging government officials to negotiate with Hamas. The business community is showing solidarity with the protesters, acknowledging the urgency of the situation in Israel and advocating for democratic action to address the crisis. The ongoing protests reflect a growing discontent with the current leadership and a call for accountability in handling the conflict in Gaza.

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