Israelis take to the streets against government's handling of coronavirus

Israelis take to the streets against government's handling of coronavirus

Critics say the Netanyahu administration has failed to hammer out effective anti-virus measures.

In a recording published by Israel's public broadcaster Kan, stalwart Netanyahu ally Ohana is heard telling Jerusalem's police chief to challenge a Supreme Court ruling allowing the protests to continue, and called the demonstrations "vandalism that you shouldn't put up with".

A smaller counter-protest in support of Netanyahu was held nearby, with the two camps separated by metal barricades and a large police presence.

Police said demonstrators tried to stage a procession through the city after the dispersal order.

On July 20, Israel extended flight restrictions until at least September 1, following the recent sharp increase in morbidity.

Israel appeared to have contained its first wave of coronavirus infections in the spring, with Netanyahu boasting that Israel was among the most successful countries in the world in its response with the virus.

However, the number of new daily coronavirus cases has since jumped from a few dozen to more than 2,000, which has delayed the plan.

Israel has seen weekly demonstrations against Mr Netanyahu as public anger over his alleged corruption and handling of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to mount.

Corruption charges against Netanyahu have fueled the demonstrations.

Israelis are also furious at his government's failure to make payments fast enough to those suffering financial hardship because of the coronavirus lockdown. He denies wrongdoing and accuses the media, judiciary and law enforcement agencies of a conspiracy to topple him against the will of the people.

At least three people were arrested for attacking anti-government protesters in central and southern Israel overnight, Haaretz reported on Sunday.

The Israeli prime minister would likely have been vexed by his son's nonchalant social media posts, as he has made strengthening ties with India one of his top foreign-policy priorities.

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