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Israeli settlers demand Netanyahu’s removal, release of captives in Gaza

A person in prison clothes wears a mask depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an anti-regime demonstration in Tel Aviv on January 6, 2024. (Photo by Reuters)

Thousands of Israelis have held protests to call for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s removal from power and the release of captives as the regime has fallen into a quagmire in the Gaza Strip and achieved no success in its war on the Palestinian territory.

The rallies took place in Tel Aviv, Haifa, al-Quds and Caesarea on Saturday, with the participants demanding an end to the bloody Israeli aggression against Gaza, as well as early elections and the dissolution of the Israeli parliament (the Knesset).

Organizers of the gathering in Tel Aviv said 20,000 people took part in the demonstration.

The protesters in Tel Aviv shouted “shame, shame, shame” in reference to Netanyahu’s regime, Al Jazeera TV channel reported

Some of the participants also blamed Netanyahu and other Israeli officials for the historic Palestinian operation against the occupying entity on October 7.

Speaking during the Haifa demonstration, Yaron Partok, who was evacuated from Kiryat Shmona near the Gaza border fence, said Netanyahu has failed to provide security for Israelis.

"Why does no one in the leadership give us, the citizens, answers? Bibi [Netanyahu], you promised security, but you are the one who broke it – you will no longer be able to fix it," he added.

"We have not heard you accepting any responsibility. Where does the audacity come from?" 

Israel waged the genocidal war on Gaza on October 7 after the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement carried out Operation Al-Aqsa Storm in retaliation for its intensified atrocities against the Palestinian people.

However, more than three months into the offensive, the usurping regime has failed to achieve its objectives of "destroying Hamas" and finding Israeli captives despite killing 22,722 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and injuring 58,166 others.

The Palestinian operation shook the Israeli security establishment, leaving around 1,200 Israelis dead and some 240 others captive.

It is believed that 136 captives still remain in Gaza — not all of them alive — after 105 were released during a week-long truce in late November. 

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