Masalahnya adalah Netanyahu. Mengapa Puluhan Ribu Orang Memprotes di Israel

In a dramatic turn of events, anti-government protesters in Israel have staged a four-day sit-in in Jerusalem demanding the dissolution of the Israeli government and the release of Israelis held hostage in the Gaza Strip by Palestinian militants since the October 7 attacks. Tens of thousands of demonstrators have flooded the streets, calling for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down and for immediate action to secure the hostages’ release.

The protests, which have been the largest in the country since the start of the conflict with Hamas six months ago, have seen crowds chanting, waving signs, and even lighting fires in the streets. In response to some groups blocking roads, police have used force, including bringing in horses and water cannons, resulting in several arrests.

The turning point came when family members of hostages began calling for Netanyahu’s resignation, believing he is the main obstacle to a deal. They joined forces with the anti-government protesters, demanding a change in leadership to ensure the safe return of their loved ones.

Netanyahu, in a video statement released on Sunday, defended his efforts to secure the hostages’ release, stating that he was committed to bringing back all hostages, civilians, and soldiers alike. However, criticism of his handling of the situation has been mounting, both at home and abroad.

As tensions continue to rise, protesters have camped outside the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, and are planning a major rally on April 7, the six-month anniversary of the conflict. The situation remains volatile, with both sides standing firm in their demands and actions.

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