2,000 Protest Netanyahu in 40th Consecutive Weekly Demonstration

A man holds up a poster during a weekly protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seen on the poster, in front of the home of Israel's attorney general Avichai Mandelblit in Petah Tikva. Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. The weekly vigils have become the vanguard of a grassroots protest movement against Netanyahu's alleged financial misdeeds and illicit ties to executives in media, international business and Hollywood. (AP)
Some 2,000 demonstrators gathered in Petah Tikva’s Goren Square near the home of Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit Saturday night, in the 40th consecutive weekly protest against what they view as slow progress in the multiple corruption cases against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The weekly protests resumed after demonstrators—represented by The Movement for Quality Government in Israel—won a temporary court victory in Israel’s High Court of Justice last week, allowing the rallies to continue with a 500-person limit.

The court ruling came after a Petah Tikva resident filed a petition to shut down the demonstrations for allegedly disturbing the peace.

Around 500 people demonstrated Saturday night within a fenced-off area designated for the protests, and an additional 1,500 demonstrated outside the official protest space.

The latest round of protests against Netanyahu came after three separate probes into the prime minister’s conduct—dubbed “Case 1,000,” “Case 2,000” and “Case 3,000” by the Israeli media—came to a head in early August when Netanyahu’s former chief of staff, Ari Harow, signed a deal to become a state witness in the investigations, increasing speculation that the prime minister could soon be indicted on corruption charges. Netanyahu has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in all of the cases.