An Israeli protester holds a sign calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, using his nickname "Bibi," shortly after results of the U.S. presidential election were announced, during a protest against Netanyahu in Jerusalem
A protester holds a sign calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, shortly after results of the U.S. presidential election were announced, during a protest in Jerusalem
Photo: AP
A protester holds a sign calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, shortly after results of the U.S. presidential election were announced, on Saturday Jerusalem

Anti-Netanyahu protesters look for inspiration in Biden victory

Weekly demonstrations calling for PM's ousting over handling of pandemic and corruption charges continue, with many hoping that Trump, who the premier is a close and vocal supporter of, losing the U.S. election could bring change to Israel as well

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Published: 11.08.20 , 09:12
Several thousand protestors on Saturday attended the weekly demonstration against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, with some participants expressing hope that Joe Biden's victory in the U.S. presidential race would bring changes in Israel as well.
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  • The protesters have been gathering outside Netanyahu's official residence for over four months, calling on him to resign for his handling of the coronavirus crisis and his ongoing trial on corruption charges.
    An Israeli protester holds a sign calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, using his nickname "Bibi," shortly after results of the U.S. presidential election were announced, during a protest against Netanyahu in Jerusalem An Israeli protester holds a sign calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, using his nickname "Bibi," shortly after results of the U.S. presidential election were announced, during a protest against Netanyahu in Jerusalem
    A protester holds a sign calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, shortly after results of the U.S. presidential election were announced, on Saturday Jerusalem
    (Photo: AP)
    Netanyahu is one of Trump's closest allies on the international stage, and some protesters hoped that Trump's defeat would spell trouble for the Israeli leader as well. “Trump Down, Bibi to go,” read one banner, using Netanyahu's nickname. “Netanyahu, You're Next,” read another.
    Despite his stated commitment to bipartisan ties with the U.S., Israel’s closest and most important ally, Netanyahu has frequently been seen as siding with the Republicans.
    After taking office, Trump unilaterally withdrew the U.S. from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, winning praise from Netanyahu.
    An Israeli protester holds a sign with a photo of President Donald Trump, calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, shortly after results of the U.S. presidential election were announced, during a protest against Netanyahu in Jerusalem An Israeli protester holds a sign with a photo of President Donald Trump, calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, shortly after results of the U.S. presidential election were announced, during a protest against Netanyahu in Jerusalem
    A protester holds a sign with a photo of U.S. President Donald Trump, calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, shortly after results of the U.S. presidential election were announced, during a protest in Jerusalem
    (Photo: AP)
    Trump also delivered a series of additional diplomatic gifts to Netanyahu, including his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. That step, along with moving the U.S. Embassy to the holy city, led the Palestinians to sever ties with the U.S.
    Biden has said he will not move the embassy back to Tel Aviv, but has signaled he will take a more even-handed approach toward Iran and the Palestinians.
    “I feel that to truly make progress with the peace and negotiation with the Palestinians, which is the most important path of peace, we need a United States that’s more neutral, that’s more a bridge between us and the Palestinians,” said protester Shani Weissman.
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    Israelis wave placards and flags during a rally marking 25 years since the assassination of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, at Rabin Square, in Tel Aviv
    (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
    In the West Bank, senior Palestine Liberation Organization official Hanan Ashrawi tweeted "America Detrumped! The world also needs to be able to breathe."
    In Tel Aviv's Rabin Square, meanwhile, thousands of people attended a memorial service marking the 25th anniversary of the assassination of late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was gunned down at the central plaza in 1995 by Jewish ultranationalist Yigal Amir - who opposed his peacemaking with the Palestinians.

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