Some 500 residents of Israeli towns near the Gaza border demonstrated Thursday at the Azrieli Junction in Tel Aviv against government’s deal with Hamas terror group and the handling of the escalation.
Under the title “The south will not keep silent,” furious residents of southern Israel said that government is “helpless” in the face of the terror, chanted “Bibi resign, Liberman is looking for a friend,” “Bibi resign, the south is burning” and “Let us grow up in peace.”
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The protest came as Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi called the almost 500 rockets fired from Gaza at southern Israel this week “minor”, noting there is a difference between attacking the south and attacking Tel Aviv.
Later, Hanegbi apologized and PM Netanyahu was quick to disavow Hanegbi’s comment.
For the past two days, residents of southern Israel burned tires and blocked the entrance to Sderot and Ashkelon in protest of the security situation, government’s lack of reaction against rocket attacks and continued terrorism from Gaza.
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PM Netanyahu has come under heavy criticism for agreeing to a ceasefire with Hamas.
His defense minister Avigdor Liberman resigned in protest on Wednesday, saying that ‘Israel capitulated to terror’ and sparking a political crisis.