In Israel, Netanyahu die-hards stage an ominous display of fear and anger

Does this protest in favor of the disgraced and indicted Prime Minister seem familiar?

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TImes of Israel 11.27.2019

Much-hyped rally to back Netanyahu against state legal system draws relatively small crowd, and very few lawmakers; starts on a conciliatory note but quickly turns dark

 

Walking into the square alongside this reporter, Ari Vaknin, a smiling “pro-Bibi, pro-Likud, pro-right” father of four from Beit Shemesh, who came to the rally with his whole family, said he saw the event as something of a civics lesson for his 11- to 19-year-old children.

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It was a gentle start to a rally billed as an attempt to “Safeguard the country, stop the coup,” as the crowd on Tuesday night milled about in, but certainly didn’t pack, the Tel Aviv Museum plaza five days after Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced criminal charges against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Pirhei Yerushalayim boys choir belted out upbeat Jewish hits as cheerful participants arrived, many wearing T-shirts bearing Netanyahu’s name. Some waved giant Likud or Israeli flags while others bopped to the beat set by the treble-toned singers.

Walking into the square alongside this reporter, Ari Vaknin, a smiling “pro-Bibi, pro-Likud, pro-right” father of four from Beit Shemesh, who came to the rally with his whole family, said he saw the event as something of a civics lesson for his 11- to 19-year-old children.

“I want to show them that we, the people, have the power in this country,” he said emphatically, perhaps unconsciously echoing the words of left-wing protesters who in the past brought their own children to anti-Netanyahu rallies. “I want them to know that no one can take that away from them.”

But pushed on who he felt was making such an attempt, Vaknin revealed an ominous underside to his message. State Attorney “Shai Nitzan is trying to take down the prime minister. There’s no question,” he said.

“We are here to say, and I want my children to know too, that we will not let it happen to Benjamin Netanyahu, the best prime minister this country has ever seen. We are the sovereign and we are the majority,” Vaknin declared, adding with a raised finger, “not them — the so-called elites.”

 

On entering the plaza, protesters were offered a selection of posters with the cheery Vaknin’s gloomy message. “Investigate Shai Nitzan,” “Prosecutor Liat Ben-Ari to jail,” “Stop the persecution,” and “Cops — or criminals?” were some of the popular choices scattered throughout the crowd. Some demonstrators brought homemade banners that ranged from the darkly comical — a huge cardboard cutout man representing the state prosecution, accidentally sawing off its own arm while trying to get to Netanyahu — to the threatening — mounted black-and-white photos of Mandelblit, Nitzan and Ben Ari alongside the text “Dictatorship. Bring them down now.”

 

https://www.timesofisrael.com/woeful-tel-aviv-protest-stokes-fear-and-loathing-among-netanyahu-diehards/