An impressive turnout of approximately 600,000 supporters gathered in Jerusalem on Thursday to back the conservative government, while left-wing extremists were detained for attacking Economics Minister Nir Barkat in Tel Aviv, according to a report from The Gateway Pundit (TGP).
Prominent patriotic organizations, including Im Tirtzu and Regavim, had organized a “Million Man March” to express solidarity with the right-wing government’s efforts to overhaul the Justice System, which they believe has been compromised by far-left activists.
The event took place the day after Israel celebrated its 75th anniversary.
Benjamin Netanyahu, a member of Israel’s conservative Likud party who served as the country’s prime minister three times, told his Twitter followers on Thursday, “I thank the hundreds of thousands of Israelis who came to Jerusalem tonight to support our government. Your passion and patriotism moves me deeply.”
Addressing the massive crowd outside the Knesset, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich stated, “Look how much strength we have. They have the media and tycoons who finance demonstrations. We have the majority of the people, who demand and give us full backing to fix what needs to be fixed. The people demand judicial reform and they will get it. We will not give up.”
National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir also spoke at the gathering, praising the participants: “You are patriots! You are lovers of the people of Israel! You are the beautiful people of Israel!”
He added, “Those [left-wing protest] organizers – like (former Prime Minister) Ehud Barak – don’t just care about the reform, they care that the right is in power. They did not accept that we won the elections, they are not ready to accept it, they will do everything to damage us and harm the State of Israel.”
In a separate incident, Economics Minister Nir Barkat was assaulted by anti-government protestors in Tel Aviv on Thursday evening, TGP notes.
According to Arutz Sheva, “The rioters confronted and physically [attacked] Barkat’s security guards while attempting to reach the minister and harm him. A police officer who attempted to protect Barkat was injured and taken to the hospital. Several attackers were arrested.”
Barkat condemned the violence, stating, “There is no excuse for violence. Violence undermines the foundation of democracy and may lead to the destruction of the country and our transformation into a country without law and order. I wish a speedy recovery to the policeman who was injured and was taken to the hospital. Everyone has the right to demonstrate, but no one has the right to act violently.”