Some 118,000 protesters are taking part in this evening’s main protest at Tel Aviv’s Kaplan Street, Channel 13 news reports, citing an estimate from the CrowdSolutions firm.
Singer Shalom Hanoch, this week’s performer, tells the crowd he’s “adding myself and my voice for the freedom and equality of all of us in Israel.”
Former Shin Bet security service head Yuval Diskin also addresses the rally, saying Israel has reached a constitutional crisis, after Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana suggested the coalition may not accept a High Court of Justice ruling striking down the coalition’s judicial overhaul legislation and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s subsequently backed the remarks.
“The accused [Netanyahu] acts in a serious and continued conflict of interest, when he is involved in the legislation to improve his legal situation, and violates a court ruling,” he said.
“This is a government that acts to crush the democratic infrastructure of the country, and so every act of the government is suspicious,” Diskin adds while urging incumbent security chiefs to be wary of any instruction given by the government.