The Israeli Supreme Court gathered in Jerusalem on Sunday to hear arguments for and against allowing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a new cabinet despite his indictment on corruption charges.
The hearing was broadcast live with anti-Netanyahu protesters following the debates from a park near the court building.
«We don't want a dictator here. We don't want a prime minister who is a... Еще criminal,» said Hadas, a protester.
«The fact that this question needs to be discussed in our Supreme Court is already by itself a black flag over the democracy in this country,» said Shikma Schwartzman, another protester.
Anti-Netanyahu demonstrators also gathered in front of his Jerusalem residence.
Netanyahu has made a national emergency government deal with Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz, after three inconclusive general elections in one year.
The prime minister has been accused of accepting gifts from businessmen in exchange for favourable press coverage. Netanyahu denies the charges and says they were part of a political 'witch-hunt' to remove him from power. His next trial date is set for May 24.