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Bennett on Balfour Street protest: ‘I call for Netanyahu and his family to be treated with respect’

Raoul Wootliff is the The Times of Israel's political correspondent.

Prime minister-designate Naftali Bennett criticizes the current protest outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official Jerusalem residence on the night before he is set to be ousted from office after 12 years.

“This is not the time for demonstrations and provocations,” Bennett says in a statement. “I call for Netanyahu and his family to be treated with respect ”

Israelis protest against Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, outside the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem on June 12, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Hundreds of people are gathered outside the Prime Minister’s Residence in the final demonstration against the premier before a new coalition set to be sworn in.

Demonstrators have been holding regular protests for nearly a year against Netanyahu, demanding he resign over his trial on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. In recent weeks protestors also called upon politicians to unite against the long-serving leader and establish a new government.

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