Israel: Protesters force Netanyahu airlift

Source: France 24 [French state media]

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had to be airlifted on Thursday to the country’s main international airport for an official overseas trip, after throngs of cars and protesters prevented him from driving there. The demonstrations were part of nationwide protests underway for more than two months against Netanyahu and his government’s contentious plan to overhaul the judiciary. Demonstrators had made blocking Netanyahu’s route to the airport a centerpiece of their intensifying efforts to oppose the legal changes …. Thursday’s disruptions also took a toll on visiting U.S. Secretary of State Lloyd Austin, whose schedule was rearranged to keep his engagements close to the airport. The protesters, launching a ‘day of resistance to dictatorship,’ descended on the country’s main international airport waving Israeli flags, blocking the road leading to the departures area with their cars.” (03/09/23)