Israel: Crime Ministers Movement Holds First Protest in Over a Year

‘If we don’t stop it again, it won’t be the democratic and liberal Israel we know today’

The Crime Ministers Movement staged its first protests against former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in more than a year on Saturday.

Protesters gathered in Tel Aviv carrying signs depicting Netanyahu smoking a cigar and accusing him of corruption, referring to the politician’s ongoing corruption trials, The post of Jerusalem reported. The protests were sparked by Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich of the Religious Zionist Party who announced last week that they could join Netanyahu’s coalition if he wins the next elections scheduled for November 1.

The movement began when the current Leader of the Opposition was still Prime Minister. Protesters have lined up each Saturday outside the prime minister’s residences in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. They are now resuming protests to oppose the possibility of Netanyahu returning to power.

“Now is the time to wake up and realize that Netanyahu has no government without Ben Gvir, and if we don’t stop him again, it won’t be the liberal, democratic Israel we know today. “said the Minister of Crime. the group’s statement said.

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Netanyahu supporters staged a counter-protest at the same location with their posters saying that if the opposition leader does not win the elections, Arab parties will gain more power. Latest polls have shown the bloc led by Israel’s right-wing Likud party expected to win a majority of 61 seats in Israel’s 120-seat parliament, the Knesset, allowing Netanyahu to establish a government.

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