Protests Erupt Outside Israeli Prime Minister’s Residence
Public Outrage and Calls for Resignation
Amid widespread anger at the failures that led to last month’s deadly attack by Hamas gunmen on communities around the Gaza Strip, protesters gathered outside the residence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This demonstration coincided with a recent poll indicating that more than three quarters of Israelis believe Netanyahu should step down from his position. The growing public fury towards political and security leaders has reached a boiling point.
Chants for Justice and Accountability
Waving blue and white Israeli flags, the crowd in the hundreds chanted “Jail now!” as they pushed through police barriers surrounding Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem. The protestors made their voices heard, demanding accountability for the failures that allowed the surprise assault by Hamas gunmen, resulting in the deaths of over 1,400 people and the hostage-taking of at least 240 others.
Heartbreak and Concern for Hostages
Among the demonstrators was Ofri Bibas-Levy, whose brother and two young nephews were taken hostage by Hamas. Bibas-Levy expressed her anguish and worry, not knowing the whereabouts or condition of her family members, especially her 10-month-old nephew who is a very small baby. The families of the hostages held in Gaza are deeply critical of the government’s response and urgently call for their safe return.
Escalating Tensions and Destruction
In response to the attack, Israel launched a significant air and ground offensive in Gaza, resulting in a high death toll and widespread destruction. Health authorities in the Hamas-run area estimate that over 9,000 people have been killed, and large portions of the enclave have been reduced to rubble. The situation has escalated tensions and intensified the public’s anger.
Lack of Confidence and Demands for Change
Even before the war, Netanyahu faced corruption charges, which he denies, and implemented controversial measures to limit the powers of the judiciary. These actions sparked massive protests with hundreds of thousands taking to the streets. According to a recent poll, a majority of Israelis, 76%, believe that Netanyahu should resign, and 64% advocate for an immediate election after the war. When asked about the responsibility for the attack, 44% blamed Netanyahu, while 33% held the military chief of staff and senior IDF officials accountable.
Read More of this Story at www.reuters.com – 2023-11-05 03:27:00
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