Protesters Collide In Tel Aviv
by: Sheera Frenkel, NPR, August 5, 2011 2:08:00 pm
Tel Aviv's Rothschild Boulevard has turned into the seat of protests in Israel. More than a dozen different groups are joining - and colliding - in what has become the largest domestic protest movement in the history of Israel. The main complaint is that price of housing and food in Israel has risen beyond what the average Israeli can afford. The protesters are threatening to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - whose popularity drops daily - unless he gives in to their demands. Netanyahu's government is announcing more building in the West Bank settlements. Protesters say there is already too much of a focus on settlement construction. Israel today spends 15 percent of its budget building for settlers, though less than 4 percent of Israelis live in them. As settlers announced that they will join the crowd in Tel Aviv to air their own demands, the question remains whether the protesters will form a united front - or reveal the deep divisions within Israeli society.