Netanyahu under fire

Submitted by AWL on 22 July, 2020 - 7:33 Author: Ira Berkovic
Anti-Netanyahu protest

Mass protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of the coronavirus crisis have continued in Israel, with one protest converging on Netanyahu’s residence on Saturday 18 July. Demonstrators blocked roads and built barricades before being dispersed with water cannons. Netanyahu’s trial for corruption has now resumed, with the case expected to last years. Polling by the Israel Democracy Institute suggests just 29.5% of the Israeli public trusts Netanyahu’s handling of the pandemic. This backdrop of discontent and unrest has made it difficult for Netanyahu to proceed with plans to annex Palestinian territories in the West Bank, which remain stalled. Linking the issues of economic and social inequality posed by the government’s mishandling of the pandemic to the question of the occupation, and building an internationalist movement that takes up the cause of Palestinian self determination, whilst seeking to unite Jewish and Arab workers around shared class interests, remains a vital task for Israel’s left.

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