Thousands protest PM in Jerusalem, determined to take rallies into new year

Weekly demonstrations held outside Netanyahu’s residence and across nation; car drives into protesters, nearly hitting them; 11 arrested in earlier scuffles with police

Police officers scuffle with demonstrators during a protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, outside of his official residence in Jerusalem, on January 2, 2021 (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Thousands of people demonstrated outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official Jerusalem residence Saturday night, in the latest weekend protests demanding the premier’s resignation over his corruption trial — and the first since Israel entered its thrid national lockdown.

Unlike the previous closure, no restrictions have been placed on protests.

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