Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) speaks to incoming economy minister Aryeh Deri during a session of parliament in Jerusalem in this file picture taken May 13, 2015. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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Engulfed in a string of scandals, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finds himself facing a growing grass-roots protest movement demanding his indictment and removal from office. Weekly anti-corruption vigils in front of the home of Israel's attorney general have gone from a trickle to drawing thousands of people, and the recent arrest of the two main organizers seems to spell stress within Netanyahu's circle while further energizing his opponents.Once dismissed as disgruntled fringe characters, Eldad Yaniv and Meni Naftali have together galvanized a movement that has rattled Netanyahu's grip on power.What began as a gathering of a handful of good-governance activists outside Mandelblit's home has now, in its 40th week, swelled into a powerful display of flag-waving Israelis each Saturday night that has drawn heavy media coverage, sparked pro-Netanyahu protests and unnerved police.On the other hand, Israel's justice minister has said the prime minister is not compelled to do so.The weekly protests are ostensibly aimed at encouraging an indictment.Netanyahu has escaped scandals before linked to his and his wife's expensive tastes and use of public funds, but the latest accusations appear to pose his stiffest challenge yet. Barring any unforeseen developments, Drucker predicted Netanyahu was safe politically for at least the next year, since none of his allies had any interest in seeing the government fall.
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