A mass protest against corruption drew thousands of Israelis to Rothschild Street in central Tel Aviv on Saturday. The protest is believed to have been sparked by the passing of a bill to prevent the police from recommending indictments at the end of investigations.
Protesters holding signs against corruption Photo credit: Channel 2 News
Thousands of Israelis marched in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening to protest the government’s conduct, which they view as “corrupt” and “shameless.”
The organizers of the march say the breaking point for them was the passing of a bill to prevent the police from issuing indictment recommendations when wrapping up an investigation – a bill many believe was designed specifically to protect Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from indictment.
One of the speakers at the protest was Uzi Arad, a former top Mossad agent who also served as Netanyahu’s security advisor until 2011. It was also attended by MKs from Meretz and the Zionist Union, including Opposition Chairman Isaac Herzog.
The march began from 16 Rothschild Street, where the declaration of Israel’s independence took place in 1948. The entire street was blocked both ways.