Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv to protest against the government of Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday evening. Ex-Mossad Chief Meir Dagan was a central figure during the rally, calling people to vote for new leadership in the upcoming national election on March 17.
Meir Dagan, the former head of the Mossad and a vocal critic of current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was a central figure during a mass rally that took place in Tel Aviv on Saturday night; Dagan delivered speech, calling Israelis to vote for new leadership in the upcoming national elections on March 17 and said he was frightened by the current political leadership and the country’s loss of direction.
Around 50,000 people took to the streets of Tel Aviv Saturday evening, protesting against current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The rally came less than two weeks before national elections in Israel. The central message of the protesters was clear – “Netanyahu Must Go” and “Israel Wants Change”.
“Israel is a nation surrounded by enemies, but our enemies are not the ones that scare me,” Dagan told the crowd in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square. “I am frightened by our leadership. I am afraid because of the lack of vision and a loss of direction. I am frightened by the hesitation and the stagnation. And I am frightened, above all else, from a crisis in leadership. It is the worst crisis that Israel has seen to this day.”
The rally was organized by the group called “One Million Hands”. The movement positions itself as a grassroots campaign seeking a change in Israel’s politics. Supporters of “One Million Hands” say that they want a leader who will focus on issues, such as education, employment, the cost of living, healthcare, housing and most importantly a two-state solution for Israel.
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