Thousands of people rallied in Tel Aviv on Saturday against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and against steps being taken by some in his Likud party to grant the prime minister legal immunity from prosecution.
Protesters wore hats reading «Crime Minister» while listening to a speech by Blue and White opposition party leader Benny Gantz, with the whole event being organised jointly by... Еще Israel's non-Arab opposition parties.
«Our country is going to die, if we won't act, with the immunity law, with the parliament becoming a shelter for criminals, with the law against the supreme court, if all this happens we will not be a democracy any more. We will become Turkey or North Korea,» said one protester.
Another protester commented that «as a citizen that was born and lived here all my life, I think the new laws are the end of democracy.»
Netanyahu, whose narrow victory in the April 9 Israeli elections will see him take office for a record fifth term, is currently facing indictment in three corruption cases.
Netanyahu has already said that he will not stand down if he is officially charged with graft and while he has spoken of the need for changes to the powers of Israel's Supreme Court, he has not directly addressed whether he supports efforts to grant him legal immunity.
Under Israeli law Netanyahu has until Wednesday to form a government, with President Reuven Rivlin being empowered to task another Knesset member with forming one if he fails to do so.