Opposition leader and former prime minister Yair Lapid speaks at the anti-government protest in Tel Aviv.
“What you see here today is a demonstration in support of the country. This is a demonstration for the country. People who love the country have come here today to defend its democracy, to defend its courts, to defend the idea of coexistence and of common good,” Lapid says in brief remarks.
“There people here who love Israel, who came to demonstrate for a democratic Jewish state according to the values of the Declaration of Independence,” he says.
“We will not give up until we win.”
Tens of thousands are gathering on Kaplan Street in the coastal city.
The demonstrations mark the third week that opponents of Benjamin Netanyahu’s government take to the streets, protesting Justice Minister Yariv Levin’s proposals to shake up the judiciary by severely curbing the High Court of Justice’s judicial review powers and cementing political control over the appointment of judges.