Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in Tel Aviv and hundreds of protestors gathered outside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s home in Jerusalem, after he sacked defense minister Yaov Gallant for criticizing the judicial reforms, Trend reports citing Al Arabiya.
Public figures leading the protests against the overhaul announced a demonstration Sunday night following the firing of Gallant. Thousands rushed to the main Ayalon Highway in Tel Aviv and blocked it in both directions, the Times of Israel reported.
Another group of protestors gathered in front of the military’s headquarters in Tel Aviv.
“Thousands of protesters burned tires, placed barriers, stones and irons on the road on Kaplan junction and HIghway 20... Dozens of bonfires were lit in the middle of the street along Ayalon Highway,” the Jerusalem Post reported.
Gallant had on Saturday publicly criticized the government’s controversial reforms of the judicial system, saying that “the legislative process should be halted.” He saw the overhauls as a danger to state security in light of the widespread protests within the ranks of the military.
Netanyahu’s office declared in a brief statement Sunday evening that Gallant was dismissed without offering any more details.
After he was fired, Gallant said on Twitter: “The security of… Israel has always been and will always remain my life’s mission.”