JERUSALEM (JTA) – Thousands of Israelis demonstrated in Tel Aviv against their government and called for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
About 3,000 demonstrators gathered Saturday night in Rabin Square and marched to the Israel Defense Department headquarters at a rally sponsored by Peace Now. They chanted slogans such as “Jews and Arabs don’t want to hate each other” and “Israel, Palestine, two states for two peoples,” according to reports.
Among those on hand were Zehava Galon, leader of the left wing Meretz party, and Stav Shaffir of the centre-left Zionist Union alliance.
“Bibi, you’ve failed,” Galon said, referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “You’ve failed in providing personal security for the citizens of Israel; you’ve failed in proposing any kind of vision for changing the reality.”
The demonstration comes amid a wave of terror attacks by Palestinian “lone wolf” assailants against Israelis in recent weeks that have seen 10 Israelis and 49 Palestinians killed. Israel says that at least 20 of the Palestinians killed were attackers.