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Israel protests roar on as pressure mounts on Netanyahu

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By Michael Braithwaite
Israel protests roar on as pressure mounts on Netanyahu
Copyright  Eyal Warshavsky/

Thousands of Israelis protested in Jerusalem on Saturday as summer-long demonstrations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu maintained their momentum.

Nearly 15,000 took to the streets in Jerusalem with placards saying "Your time is up", while smaller protests took place across the country. The protesters want the embattled Netanyahu to give up his post while he is on trial for corruption charges.

He has rejected calls to step down and claimed the protests are the work of leftists and the media.

The government's mishaps in handling the coronavirus outbreak after relative early success have also fuelled the demonstrations.

Israel appeared to contain the pandemic in its first phase, but the quick reopening of the economy led to a spike in cases with more than 100,000 Israelis testing positive for the virus

Many protesters claiming Netanyahu is more focused on his upcoming trial. Last year, he was charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three long-running corruption investigations.

The prime minister denies any wrongdoing.