The Israelis “those who love the State have come to defend its democracy, its courts, the idea of a common life and a common good”, former Prime Minister Yair Lapid said on Twitter. The latter was present at the demonstration organized in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening. According to Israeli media estimates relayed by AFP, more than 100,000 people were present to protest Binyamin Netanyahu’s policies. This is the most important mobilization since the return to power, a month ago, of “Bibi”. Other protests also took place in Jerusalem and Haifa.
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A very right-wing political program
The coalition that Binyamin Netanyahu has formed with right-wing, ultra-right and ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties is considered the most right-wing in Israel’s history. Tried for corruption in several cases, the Israeli prime minister had no choice but to ally with other movements to regain power, after being ousted in June 2021.
The program of this coalition deeply worries some Israelis. Benyamin Netanhayou’s government is particularly calling for reducing the powers of the Supreme Court, tightening the criteria for obtaining Israeli citizenship and authorizing the death penalty for perpetrators of terrorist attacks. The program again indicated that the “The Jewish people have an exclusive and inalienable right to all parts of the Land of Israel.”
The LGBTQ community is particularly concerned about the social plan of the coalition – which includes the Noam party, known for its anti-LGBTQ positions. A protester present Saturday evening in Tel Aviv fears that this coalition’s policy will“seriously affects” in the future, reports AFP. Among the participants were also opponents of the occupation of the Palestinian territories by Israel.
Other demonstrations have been organized in Israel recently, including one in front of a courthouse in Tel Aviv about ten days ago. Hundreds of lawyers had denounced the appointment of Interior Minister Arie Dery, convicted of tax evasion. The Supreme Court had invalidated his appointment and asked the Prime Minister to do so “fire him”. What Benyamin Netanyahu has yet to do. On Twitter, one of his opponents, Yaïr Lapid, finally promised “don’t give up” until the fight is “not earned”.
Source : Le JDD