Thousands protest against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu over alleged corruption

Thousands of protesters chant slogans and hold signs during a protest against Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outside his residence in Jerusalem, Saturday, Aug 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

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Thousands of Israelis took to the streets in protest on Saturday over their prime minister’s alleged corruption. An estimated 15,000 protesters gathered outside Benjamin Netanyahu’s home this weekend, where they called on him to resign.

Netanyahu is facing an ongoing corruption trial, but has denied any wrongdoing and is determined to remain in office during the case.

Demonstrators chant slogans and hold signs during a rally against Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outside his residence in Jerusalem, Saturday, Aug 1, 2020. Protesters demanded that the embattled Israeli leader to resign as he faces a trial on corruption charges and grapples with a deepening coronavirus crisis. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Critics of the prime minister have described him as incapable of leading the country.

“It’s one of the biggest demonstrations in Jerusalem since people gathered here to protest, to say ‘We’ve had enough.’ The prime minister is corrupt, he’s not capable of leading. He’s not capable of managing the country anymore because he’s so much involved in what is going on with his trial, he’s only centered in this.” – Tamir Guy Tsabary, protester

In response to the demonstrations, Netanyahu tweeted out “don’t drag the country towards anarchy, violence and attacks against the police.”

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