Israelis Want the Same Things Most People Do, and Aren't Afraid to Protest
JERUSALEM — The leaders of a social protest movement that has rocked Israel for a month called on demonstrators to "get out of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem" to bolster demonstrations Saturday in a dozen other cities.
Israel has gripped since mid-July by a rapidly growing protest movement demanding cheaper housing, education and health care.
"For a month (Prime Minister) Benjamin Netanyahu has been trying to humiliate us, divide us, buy time -- and he has done absolutely nothing," she said.
"It is up to the government to take concrete steps to demonstrate its goodwill, only then can a dialogue begin."
An opinion poll released by Channel 10 television Tuesday showed that 88 percent of respondents said they supported the movement, with 53 percent saying they are willing take part in protests.
Last Saturday, more than 300,000 people demonstrated in Tel Aviv and other cities calling for "social justice" and a "welfare state."