Protesters once again gathered to demonstrate outside of the Prime Minister’s Official Residence in Jerusalem on Saturday night, April 17, calling for an end to Benjamin Netanyahu’s continued rule amidst his ongoing trial for bribery, fraud and breach of trust.
In the past, anti-Netanyahu protesters would march from the Jerusalem Light Rail Bridge at the western entrance to the city to Balfour Street, outside of the PM’s official residence. However, since Netanyahu’s being mandated to form a government, the starting point for the protests has been moved to the front steps of the Knesset, to express the protestors’ outrage at this development.
When they reached the prime minister’s residence, the anti-Netanyahu protesters were cordoned off by a police barricade that had been set up perpendicular to the entrance to the compound. Across the street and only meters away, a small group of pro-Netanyahu demonstrators stood behind another barricade.
Hundreds of additional anti-Netanyahu protestors demonstrated on Saturday night next to the PM’s private home in the coastal city of Caesarea, Smaller protests also took place in dozens of other cities and towns, along highway overpasses, and at major intersections throughout the country.
The Crime Minister organization – one of the main organizers of the anti-Netanyahu protests – declared on Saturday afternoon, “Netanyahu has contaminated the concept of statehood with petty politics and is prepared to mortgage Israel’s security to escape justice.”