On Saturday, May 2, at least 1000 protesters gathered in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square to oppose a coalition deal between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, the leader of the Blue and White party, which would allow Netanyahu to remain in office. The protest comes ahead of a hearing by the High Court of Justice on the proposition on Sunday, May 3. Smaller events occurred in other cities in the country. The unrest occurred despite the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, and protesters enacted social distancing measures.
Further protests are possible in the coming days. Heightened security measures and localized traffic disruptions are expected around demonstration sites.
Netanyahu and Gantz signed a power-sharing deal on Monday, April 20, that ended a year-long political stalemate that has seen three inconclusive elections. Under the agreement, Netanyahu will serve as prime minister for the next 18 months, before the role is rotated to Gantz. The coalition agreement was signed on the premise of the need for unity to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. On Saturday, April 25, 2000 people gathered in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square against the deal and accusing Netanyahu of corruption.
Individuals in Israel are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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