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Police currently unaware of planned protests against new gov’t on day of swearing-in

Israel Police have so far not been informed of any planned mass protests against the new government set to be sworn in on Sunday, Channel 12 news reports.

As the so-called “change government” has become increasingly likely, right-wing social discourse has become increasingly alarmist, with frequent declarations that the government could doom Israel and bring about dark times; angry protests outside politicians’ homes; the burning of political posters; and allegations of treason issued via traditional and social media.

Likud supporters protest the change bloc coalition outside Ayelet Shaked’s home in Tel Aviv on May 30, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Despite numerous protests against the new government in recent weeks, however, only a cluster of anti-Netanyahu groups has announced that it will hold a demonstration outside of the Knesset on Sunday.

The parties in the prospective coalition hold a wafer-thin majority of 61 of the 120 votes. If confirmed, the unlikely alliance of right-wing, left-wing, centrist, and Islamist parties would remove Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from power, to be replaced by Yamina’s Naftali Bennett, and, two years later, Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid.

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