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Thousands Rally In Tel Aviv Demanding Netanyahu Resignation


BELGIUM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during a joint press conference with the EU foreign policy chief, at the European Council in Brussels, December 11, 2017

Thousands of Israelis marched in the streets of Tel Aviv calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign amid allegations of corruption, which he has denied.

Israeli police on December 23 said several thousand people massed in central Tel Aviv to protest against the government, holding signs calling for the resignation of the "crime minister" and other "corrupt" members of Netanyahu's government suspected of misconduct.

In Jerusalem, hundreds of people also took part in a rally against graft headed by a rightwing former member of Netanyahu's staff, ex-Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.

Organizer Yoaz Hendel said the Jerusalem protest was "in support of law enforcement."

Netanyahu in recent days has lashed out against police, accusing them of conducting an investigation against him aimed at driving him from power.

Netanyahu has been questioned at least seven times as part of two investigations into possible corruption, including allegations of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust.

Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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