Hundreds protest outside Netanyahu’s home

About 1000 protesters have gathered outside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem, pressing ahead with their months-long campaign demanding his resignation.

A mix of grassroots groups have held the weekly protests, saying Netanyahu should step down while he is on trial for corruption and because of his handling of the coronavirus in Israel.

After two lockdowns this year, the nation’s economy is struggling and hundreds of thousands of Israelis remain out of work.

After six months of demonstrations and with wintry weather setting in, the protest crowds have started to shrink, but participants remained vocal and animated on Saturday.

Many held Israeli and pink flags, one of the symbols of the protest movement. Others hoisted model submarines, a reference to a scandal over an Israeli purchase of German submarines in which several Netanyahu associates have been implicated.

Netanyahu has not been named as a suspect in that case, though his rival, Defence Minister Benny Gantz, ordered an investigation into the affair this week.

Smaller protests also took place across Israel and at Netanyahu’s private home in the coastal town of Caesaria.

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