Wed 19 Jun 2024 11:13 am - Jerusalem Time

Netanyahu in response to demonstrations against his government: A civil war should not break out

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that a civil war should not break out in the country, in response to demonstrations calling for the overthrow of his government.

Netanyahu's words came during a press conference after his participation in a memorial service for those killed by the Israeli army who fell in ground battles in the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu said: “There should not be a civil war between brothers. Division is weakness, and unity is a condition for victory,” as he put it.

He continued: “We are fighting on several fronts: in the south (in the Gaza Strip) until Hamas is eliminated and all its detainees are returned, and in the north (on the border with Lebanon) until we return our residents safely to their homes, and in the east we are working to prevent Iran from encircling us and obtaining weapons.” "Nuclear."

Israel has recently witnessed several internal conflicts, represented by the escalation of the families of prisoners detained in the Gaza Strip in their protests against the government, and the resulting daily demonstrations with the participation of tens of thousands of Israelis.

Opposition parties and civil institutions in Israel, along with Defense Minister Yoav Galant, are also calling for the recruitment of religious Jews to "distribute the burden" in Israeli society, as they put it, which is opposed by most government coalition ministers.

The "Brothers in Arms" organization, which includes former soldiers in the Israeli army, called for what it called "Resistance Week" activities in order to overthrow the government and go to early elections, in addition to objecting to exempting religious Jews from conscription.

The activities began last Saturday and will continue until next Thursday.

Yesterday evening, the protests reached their peak as tens of thousands of protesters participated in a demonstration in front of the Knesset (Parliament) before heading to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s residence in West Jerusalem.

Recently, the families of Israeli prisoners in Gaza escalated their protests to pressure the government to reach an agreement with Hamas to release their children, but the military operation that Tel Aviv began on May 6 in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip obstructed this.

With the mediation of Qatar, Egypt, and the United States, the Palestinian factions in Gaza and Israel have been conducting indirect and faltering negotiations for months, to reach an agreement to exchange prisoners and stop the war on Gaza that broke out on October 7, 2023, and left more than 122,000 Palestinians martyred and wounded, which led to the Aviv is in international isolation, causing it to be prosecuted before the International Court of Justice.

Israel continues its war despite two UN Security Council resolutions to stop it immediately, and orders from the International Court of Justice to end the Rafah invasion, take measures to prevent acts of “genocide,” and improve the miserable humanitarian situation in Gaza.


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Netanyahu in response to demonstrations against his government: A civil war should not break out