Thousand Gather In Tel Aviv Demanding Netanyahu Resignation - Reports

TEL AVIV (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 01st December, 2019) Thousands rallied in central Tel Aviv Saturday demanding the resignation Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, media reported.

Speakers at the rally largely focused on Netanyahu's ongoing legal troubles as grounds for him to step down, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Netanyahu was slapped with corruption charges by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit after a lengthy investigation into the PM's alleged influence-peddling and accepting of expensive gifts.

The rally was said to have gathered 5,000 people and was organized by opposition movement Movement for Quality Government, according to the newspaper.

The rally took place days after Tel Aviv saw a smaller rally in support of Netanyahu. The Tuesday demonstration saw about 2,000-3,000 people, mostly elderly supporters of Netanyahu's Likud party.

Netanyahu's position appears weaker than it has been in years as the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, may be dissolved if Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party and the opposition Blue and White alliance does not manage to form a unity government by the deadline of 11 December.

If a government is not formed, Israel will convene an unprecedented third consecutive snap vote.

In April, Netanyahu's party won the poll but fell short of obtaining the majority needed to form a government. In the second election held in September, the Likud Party also failed to secure a majority in the Knesset.