Thousands protest against government at right-wing rally in Tel Aviv
At least 1,500 people took part in a right-wing protest against the government in Habima Square in Tel Aviv on Tuesday evening.
Likud MPs including Amir Ohana, Eli Cohen and Galit Distel Atbaryan, and religious Zionism MPs Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir addressed the gathered crowd.
Politicians denounced the ouster of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as the inclusion of the Islamist Ra’am party in government and coalition efforts to reform issues related to religion and the state.
Smotrich greeted the crowd, calling them “those who believe that we have the power to change and bring down this bad government and in its place establish a Jewish and Zionist government for Israel.”
He called for “fixing the justice system” as well as maintaining the status quo at the Western Wall and on issues of religion and state, “to maintain Israel as a Jewish state”.
Ohana told those gathered that it was good to see people “stand up against the biggest robbery of democracy in Israel’s history”.
The former Likud minister accused politicians of “joining forces with justice and the media to bring down a sitting prime minister.”
Cohen claimed that “in every Arab nation they are working to make the Muslim Brotherhood illegal – and here [the movement] decides what happens in the Bennett government, ”a reference to the coalition Ra’am party.
Ben-Gvir proclaimed that the Israelis “want a Jewish and democratic state, want a government without terrorists, want a full, full and full right-wing government.”
Protesters were holding signs claiming Prime Minister Naftali Bennett “stole the election” and was a “liar” and “con artist”.
Others held posters proclaiming that Bennett is indebted to the Islamists of the Ra’am Party, who they say are supporters of terrorism.
Many held up placards in favor of Netanyahu, including one with him saying, “I will be back. “
Netanyahu had called on his supporters to attend the rally, but did not introduce himself.
About 40 police were on hand to secure the event in the heart of Tel Aviv, which ended without incident.