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Netanyahu Tried to Stifle Dissent. He Got One of Israel's Largest Protests

The smaller protests forced by coronavirus restrictions expose demonstrators to more violence, increasing fears of a political murder

Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson
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Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

The usual protesters near the prime minister’s official Balfour Street residence in Jerusalem noticed something different – the disappearance of the prime minister’s convoy. The loud and aggressive convoy is a permanent part of the landscape, at least twice a day. But last week, nobody remembered seeing it, from either the main entrance on Gaza Road or the secondary entrance from Smolenskin Street. Maybe the Shin Bet security service has found another way in, and maybe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doesn’t have time to go home or found himself a place to rest elsewhere.

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