Tens of thousands of Israelis protested outside Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMOREs house Saturday, just three days before the countrys election.
In footage captured at the demonstration, protestors called for an end to Netanyahus 12-year rule as the country heads into its fourth election in two years. The protest was the largest against Netanyahu this year, with local media estimating the crowd topping 20,000 people, according to a report from Reuters.
Some 20,000 people at anti-Netanyahu protest in Jerusalem pic.twitter.com/fNuiVSdpU8
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Netanyahus Likud Party is anticipated to win the most parliamentary seats on the March 23 election, though it is unclear if it will be able to win a majority by itself or form one with another party.
The demonstrations also come as Netanyahu remains embroiled in an alleged corruption scandal over charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. The prime minister maintains his innocence.
Israels fourth snap election of two years was sparked in December when its parliament missed a deadline to pass a budget. The breakdown occurred over a dispute between Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz over the national budget, which is critical to the power-sharing agreement formed between them after the third election. The election would have ushered Gantz into the role of prime minister in Nov. 2021.
Netanyahu was been aided in past elections by his close relationship with then-President TrumpDonald TrumpIllinois House passes resolution condemning state rep. for ‘standing with insurrectionists’Florida Democrats call for election redo after former state senator allegedly tampered with raceBiden and Harris discuss voting rights with Stacey Abrams in AtlantaMORE. The White House moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights region and helped usher in peace deals with four majority Arab nations, helping the prime minister argue that his bond with Washington was key to Israels prosperity.
While the relationship with the U.S. will likely change under President BidenJoe BidenRussia, China tensions rise with White House New challenges emerge for Biden after strong startFeinstein opens door to supporting filibuster reformMORE (who has taken a tougher stance on Israeli actions in the West Bank) Netanyahu has still expressed optimism that Jerusalems new ties with Arab states and its rapid coronavirus vaccination program will keep him in his post.