100,000 people protest against Netanyahu in Tel Aviv

As the war in the Gaza Strip entered its 7th month on Sunday, tens of thousands gathered in Tel Aviv for a demonstration against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

According to the organisers, 100,000 people gathered at "Democracy Square" in Tel Aviv on Saturday. The intersection was renamed "Democracy Square" after the large rallies organised in 2023 against the failed proposal to reform the justice system, advocated by the Prime Minister.

Chanting slogans against Netanyahu, leader of the right-wing Likud party, which has been implicated in several corruption cases, the demonstrators demanded the immediate resignation of the Prime Minister and "immediate elections".

The demonstrators later joined other protesters demanding a negotiated solution for the hostages kidnapped during the unprecedented Hamas attack on southern Israel on 7 October.

Some 250 hostages were kidnapped by Hamas. According to the Israeli army, 34 of them died. It is estimated that 129 hostages are currently held by Palestinian factions.

In addition to Tel Aviv, demonstrations were organised in about fifty other places. In Caesarea, north of Tel Aviv, police clashed with demonstrators who tried to approach Netanyahu's private residence and one person was detained, Israeli media reported.

Speaking at a demonstration in Kfar Saba, north-east of Tel Aviv, opposition leader centrist Yair Lapid also called for new parliamentary elections.

Before travelling to Washington for talks with the Americans, Yair Lapid said, "They have learned nothing. They haven't changed. They will not allow this country to move forward until we send them away."