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Thousands protest against government at right-wing rally in Tel Aviv

Addressing demonstration, former Likud minister Amir Ohana rails against the ‘greatest theft of democracy in the history of Israel’

Right wing activists and Likud supporters protest against the Israeli government in Tel Aviv, December 7, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Right wing activists and Likud supporters protest against the Israeli government in Tel Aviv, December 7, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

At least 1,500 people turned out for a right-wing demonstration against the government in Habima Square in Tel Aviv on Tuesday night.

Likud MKs including Amir Ohana, Eli Cohen and Galit Distel Atbaryan, and Religious Zionism MKs Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir addressed the gathered crowd.

The politicians railed against the ousting of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as against the inclusion of the Islamist Ra’am party in the government and the coalition’s efforts to reform issues related to religion and state.

Smotrich welcomed the crowd, addressing them as “those who believe that we have the power to change and bring down this bad government and establish in its place a Jewish and Zionist government for Israel.”

He called for “fixing the justice system” as well as maintaining the status quo at the Western Wall and on issues of religion and state, “to keep Israel as a Jewish state.”

Ohana told those gathered that it was good to see people “rising up against the greatest theft of democracy in the history of Israel.”

Right-wing activists and Likud supporters protest against the Israeli government in Tel Aviv, December 7, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

The former Likud minister accused politicians of “joining together with the justice system and the media in order to bring down a serving prime minister.”

Cohen claimed that “in every Arab nation they are working to make the Muslim Brotherhood illegal — and here [the movement] decides what happens in the Bennett government,” a reference to the coalition’s Ra’am party.

Ben-Gvir proclaimed that Israelis “want a Jewish and democratic state, want a government without terrorists, want a full, full, full right-wing government.”

Protesters held signs claiming that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett “stole the election” and is a “liar” and a “crook.”

Others held posters proclaiming that Bennett is beholden to Islamists in the Ra’am party, who they assert are supporters of terrorism.

Many held up signs in support of Netanyahu, including one with him declaring: “I’ll be back.”

Netanyahu had called on his followers to attend the gathering, but did not himself show up.

About 40 police officers were on hand to secure the event in the heart of Tel Aviv, which ended without incident.

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