‘Destroying the Knesset’: Thousands protest in Tel Aviv against coalition deal | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

‘Destroying the Knesset’: Thousands protest in Tel Aviv against coalition deal

Some 2,000 people protested in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square Saturday night as part of the latest “black flag” demonstration against what they say is an erosion of Israeli democracy under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s leadership. Speakers alleged that the new coalition deal threatens to trample Israel’s quasi-constitutional Basic Laws and destroys the authority of the Knesset.

The protesters adhered to social distancing regulations aimed at stemming the coronavirus outbreak, as per Health Ministry guidelines, maintaining two meters between them.
It was the second such protest in less than a week.

The “black flag” movement’s name comes from demonstrators pinning black flags to their vehicles and homes to symbolize what they believe is a danger to Israel’s democracy posed by Netanyahu’s continued rule.

Israelis wearing protective masks and dressed mainly in black take part in a demonstration on April 25, 2020, in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, to protest what they consider threats to Israeli democracy, against the backdrop of an imminent coalition between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ex-rival Benny Gantz. The protesters stood two meters apart from each other, thereby respecting the social distancing measures in force to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Blue and White party and its leader, Benny Gantz, not to enter into a coalition with the prime minister in light of the three corruption cases in which he has been indicted, or at least not to allow him power over the judiciary in the new government.

Organizer Shikma Schwartzman told those assembled that a unity government should not mean “a coalition agreement that tramples over Israel’s basic laws. If [you decided to go for] unity, you should have built a concrete wall between the man accused of criminal activity and the justice system.”

Critics have accused Gantz of failing to protect the justice system and allowing Netanyahu too much control over it as part of the coalition deal signed this week.

Under the agreement, Netanyahu has veto power over appointments to the state prosecution hierarchy, and all other senior public appointments, for at least the first six months of the new coalition.

Likud also ensured a right-wing majority on the Judicial Appointments Committee, which installs judges, if counting Derech Eretz MK Zvi Hauser — a Gantz ally but one who is a right-wing conservative and a former cabinet secretary under Netanyahu.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Without reading the Hebrew press in English, were one a reader of American blogs and papers, one would not have even known that such a protest had actually happened over this last weekend in Israel, in response to Gantz's "cave-in" to Netanyahu.

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