Bennett Calls on anti-Netanyahu Activists to Avoid 'Provocations' on Eve of New Government

Some 1,500 people demonstrated for the 51st consecutive week near the prime minister's official residence in Jerusalem, in what should be the last demonstration of its kind with Netanyahu still in power

Anti-Netanyahu protesters in Jerusalem, on Saturday.
Anti-Netanyahu protesters in Jerusalem, on Saturday. Credit: Emil Salman

Prime Minister-designate Naftali Bennett on Saturday urged anti-Netanyahu protesters to avoid "provocations," as some 1,500 of them took to the streets in Jerusalem and across the country for the 51st consecutive week.

"This is not the time for demonstrations and provocations," Bennett said in a statement, pleading activists to "treat Netanyahu and his family with respect."

Protesters march through Jerusalem.

With protesters' main goal – unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – closer than ever as the Bennett-Lapid government faces a Sunday confidence vote, which it is likely to pass, this should be the last major anti-Netanyahu demonstration.

After a 4 P.M. Knesset vote, the new government is expected to be sworn in by Sunday evening. Some groups that have led the the anti-Netanyahu protest movement plan a demonstration in front of the Knesset in support of the new government.

Meanwhile, police said they arrested two suspects for allegedly threatening anti-Netanyahu protesters in the northern city of Nahariya with an airsoft gun.

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