Thousands of Israelis Protest Formation of “Emergency Government”

Prime Minister Netanyahu is Scheduled to Face Trial for Corruption Charges

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Several thousands of Israelis have demonstrated against the formation of a coalition government by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political rival Benny Gantz.

The protesters oppose Netanyahu remaining in power as he prepares to go on trial for corruption charges. They said the agreement would “undermine democracy” as it gives Netanyahu influence over the appointment of judges and legal officials.

Mr. Netanyahu is set to face trial next month after being accused of fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes.

The protesters, who filled central Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday, waved Israeli flags and signs calling out Netanyahu for corruption.

Netanyahu and Gantz signed an agreement to form an emergency coalition government last week on Monday. The government is expected to steer the country through the coronavirus pandemic.