The biggest right-wing rally since the government was formed

Israel’s right held its biggest political rally since Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu lost power in June in Tel Aviv’s Habima Square on Tuesday night.

Former Likud Ministers Miri Regev and Amir Ohana and MPs Galit Distal Atbaryan and Gadi Yevarkan, along with Religious Zionist Party MPs Bezalel Smotrich and Orit Struck, Otzma Yehudit boss MK Itamar Ben Gvir and rogue Yamina MK Amichai Chikli spoke at the rally, which was attended by thousands of people.

“Bennett stole power and lied to his voters, with Abbas and classless,” Regev told the crowd.

Both Regev and Smotrich said that those attending the rally were “the people of light,” as opposed to the government and its supporters, the “people of darkness.”

Ben Gvir was introduced as “the legend” and to the tunes of “Ata Totach” (You are amazing) by Sarit Hadad.

He called MK Ahmad Tibi (Joint List) a terrorist and said he was proud that his party blocked the establishment of a government with the “Islamic Movement”, referring to Ra’am, and contradicting the Likud’s denial that it ever Ra’am offered a place in his coalition.

Otzma Yehudit MK Itamar Ben Gvir speaks at a rally on November 2, 2021 at Habima Square in Tel Aviv. (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI / MAARIV)

Gadi Yevarkan spoke next and accused the Yamina party of being mercenaries, who were hired by the left. He then claimed that each transaction tax made by the Israelis was essentially a payment to Hamas, citing a recent report by the NGO “Ad Kan” that claimed that government funds were reaching Hamas in Gaza. He praised Shikli for defecting from the party and expressed his hope that “the only” Netanyahu would regain power.

MK Golan, an activist against asylum seekers in southern Tel Aviv, was preceded by a video showing a woman with a blurred face describing through tears a sexual assault by an asylum seeker.

Golan called Bennett a cheater, liar, and thief and said he was an instrument to fulfill the “wet, disgusting, disgusting” fantasies of the left.

Then a video screen showed disturbing images and news about suicide bombings in the 1990s during the Oslo Accords, and Rabin shaking hands with then-PLO chief Arafat, hinting that Rabin was responsible for the bombings.

Songs heard from the speakers included “We Are Believers Children of Believers”, “We Want Judicial Justice”, “Today is a Holiday” and more.

    An image of Yitzhak Rabin at the site where he was killed, placed there during a memorial service on November 2, 2021 (Credit: Courtesy) An image of Yitzhak Rabin at the site where he was killed, placed there during a memorial service on November 2, 2021 (Credit: Courtesy)

The crowd repeatedly yelled “Bennett, go home” and “Bi-bi Bi-bi,” referring to Netanyahu.

Not far away, the Labor Party held a pro-peace rally in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, at the site where then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was shot and killed 26 years ago. His daughter, former Deputy Defense Minister Dalia Rabin attended the rally, and Transport Minister Merav Michaeli was the keynote speaker.

He stressed that Rabin’s legacy was that true security will only come from comprehensive diplomatic agreements. MK Nahman Shai also attended the event, as well as other Labor leaders.

“There is not a day that I do not feel the intolerable missed opportunity and loss caused by the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin,” said Labor leader Transport Minister Merav Michaeli.

He also addressed the policy of the current government, of which his party is a part, saying; “It is clear to us that the government of which the Labor Party is currently a member is not the government that will come to terms with the Palestinians. But we are also clear that our role in this government is to ensure that no measures are taken to prevent such an agreement in the future.

“Rabin’s way is the truth. Simply the truth. Telling people the truth. Telling society and the State of Israel what is required, what must be done, even if it is difficult. Do not blur or lie. Tell the truth.”

Rabin’s Finance Minister Avraham “Baiga” Shochat spoke after Michaeli and described Rabin’s character traits from his close point of view, namely courage, honesty and camaraderie.

“As prime minister who led us, Yitzhak Rabin was at the center of criticism, verbal and written attacks in the public sphere and violent demonstrations in the streets. None of us, including Yitzhak, imagined that a Jew would draw a gun, point it at his back and kill him with three shots, “Shochat told the crowd.

“But it happened, right here, in this place. Have we learned from this terrible act? Of course not. Is Israeli society more tolerant today than it was then? Of course not. Is there still a danger of political assassination in Israel today? Of course there is. Is there still a danger that an Israeli public official will be assassinated for doing his job? Of course there is. Is it public speaking in the Knesset, in the media, in the streets and in the demonstrations more tolerant And less violent? Of course not.

On the commemorative day of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination and throughout the year, we must fight for those very things that made headlines at the rally 26 years ago. That fight must continue. “

There was also a small demonstration outside the Tel Aviv home of Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, urging her to help outposts in Judea and Samaria.

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