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Thousands rally in Tel Aviv against government as budget battle looms

Thousands take part in a right-wing rally in Tel Aviv against the government, on November 2, 2021. (Screenshot)
Thousands take part in a right-wing rally in Tel Aviv against the government, on November 2, 2021. (Screenshot)

Thousands of right-wing activists protest in Tel Aviv against the government led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett as the November 14 deadline to pass a budget and shore up the coalition approaches.

The rally, organized by Likud at the Habima Square in Tel Aviv, includes appearances by MKs Tzahi Hanegbi, Miri Regev and Amir Ohana as well as Religious Zionism MKs Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir.

Holding signs that read “You don’t have a mandate to erase the Jewish state,” “A Jewish government for a Jewish state,” and “Bennett/Shaked betrayal is a crime,” the protesters call to topple the government and return Benjamin Netanyahu to power.

The government has until November 14 to pass a much-delayed 2021 budget. If it fails to do so, the coalition will automatically be dissolved and new elections will be triggered.

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