Israel has been seeing an increasing level of rage in the residents regarding the governing policies of Netanyahu government. Public anger has grown exponentially in the matters that are alleged against Netanyahu regarding corruption, bribery, fraud, and breach of trust. However, He has officially denied all these charges.
On Saturday, the protests mounted against him, and protesters collected outside Prime minister’s residence. As a result, Israeli police had to use water cannons to calm down and disperse the crowd in order to manage the situation.
A steep rise in coronavirus cases, unaddressed unemployment issues, and reimposed coronavirus curbs are the major reasons behind demonstrations being conducted almost everyday by the Israeli people against the government. Netanyahu also went on trial for bribery, breach of trust and fraud in the month of May.
Jerusalem has seen several people gathered outside Netanyahu’s residence marching across the streets calling for his resignation. Police also arrested two people. Tel Aviv also witnessed people in huge numbers protesting by the beach in order to get a better aid and relief to businesses badly affected by the coronavirus restrictions. One of the demands was also to look after the people who have been put on unpaid intermittent leave or have been unemployed. Israel currently has an unemployment level of 21%. Police used gas to control the crowd and made several arrests.
In May 2020, the Israel government opened schools and gave permits to run businesses. In other words, the restrictions were lifted after the infection curve was flattened due to the partial lockdown imposed in March. But in the past few weeks, the country has seen a sharp rise in its infection cases. Several officials say that the government was too fast in lifting the restrictions which led to neglecting the adaptation of necessary epidemiological steps to curb the pandemic.