Thousands Protest Against Netanyahu's Government Policies in Israel

Thousands protest in Israel against PM Netanyahu's policies, demand hostage release and early elections amid deep political divisions.

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Muthana Al-Najjar
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Thousands Protest Against Netanyahu's Government Policies in Israel

Thousands Protest Against Netanyahu's Government Policies in Israel

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Israel to oppose Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government policies. The protests, which were put on hold after the October 7th attacks by Hamas, have now resumed with renewed vigor. The demonstrators are demanding Netanyahu's resignation and early elections, while also calling for a deal to free the Israeli hostages still held in Gaza.

Critics of Netanyahu, both in Israel and abroad, believe that his government includes enemies of democracy, such as the ultranationalist Jewish parties. The protesters hold the prime minister responsible for the security lapses that allowed the October 7th attack by Hamas, and they are infuriated by his refusal to admit any responsibility. Despite the protests, Netanyahu has ruled out early elections and has vowed to mount a new offensive against Hamas forces.

Why this matters: The ongoing protests against Netanyahu's government highlight the deep political divisions within Israel and the growing discontent with the prime minister's leadership. The fate of the Israeli hostages held by Hamas in Gaza remains a critical issue, with the protesters accusing Netanyahu of failing to secure their release.

Hundreds of Israeli protesters gathered outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's house in Caesarea on the first day of Passover. The protesters, including relatives of the hostages, burned a symbolic Passover table and accused Netanyahu of failing to secure the release of the 129 Israelis abducted by Palestinian militants in Gaza on October 7, including 34 believed to be dead. "This night is only bitter, no freedom," one demonstrator said, expressing their grief and sorrow over the continued captivity of the hostages.

Netanyahu acknowledged the absence of the hostages at the Passover seder, saying their freedom remains the government's urgent mission. He promised increased military and diplomatic efforts to secure their release, insisting in a post on X that "our resolve remains unyielding to see all hostages back with their families." The prime minister said the days ahead will see intensified efforts to bring the hostages home.

Key Takeaways

  • Thousands protest in Israel against PM Netanyahu's policies
  • Protesters demand Netanyahu's resignation and early elections
  • Protesters accuse Netanyahu of failing to secure release of Israeli hostages in Gaza
  • Netanyahu promises increased efforts to bring hostages home
  • Protests highlight deep political divisions within Israel