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Public Outcry in Israel: Citizens Demand Netanyahu Resignation Amidst Gaza Conflict

Public Outcry in Israel: Citizens Demand Netanyahu Resignation Amidst Gaza Conflict
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As the war in Gaza nears its six-month mark, thousands of Israeli citizens have taken to the streets in protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's handling of the situation. The demonstrations, which have spread across major cities including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, reflect a growing discontent among the populace with the government's strategy and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

In Tel Aviv, protesters managed to shut down a major road for an hour, calling for early elections and the release of hostages held by Hamas. The scenes in Jerusalem were equally charged, with hundreds gathering outside Netanyahu's private residence, demanding his resignation and criticizing the government's failure to secure the release of approximately 130 hostages believed to still be in Gaza.

The protests have not been without incident; clashes with police occurred as they attempted to disperse crowds using water cannons. Israeli media reported that 16 individuals were arrested during these confrontations. The unrest comes at a time when international organizations have warned of an impending famine in Gaza, exacerbated by severe restrictions on aid allowed into the region by Israeli authorities.

The public's call for progress in negotiations is clear, with some protesters demanding a "broad mandate" for Israel's negotiating team in ongoing talks in Cairo. This sentiment is echoed by the international community, which has repeatedly called for a ceasefire and an end to the conflict that has claimed over 32,000 Palestinian lives.