Minister of Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Yuli Edelstein slammed anarchist protesters who have joined the nationwide housing protests, terming them “leeches” in an interview Tuesday with Channel 2. “These are despicable people who have no connection to reality or to the demands being heard. This is a group that leeches on to the real demonstrators,” he said.
“We need to separate them from the rest of the protesters. These are anarchists connected to the communist party as well... They may not be part of the general Israeli consensus.”
Several Zionist groups pulled out of the housing protests over the involvement of the New Israel Fund and other extreme-left groups. However, the Zionist organizations are seeking to get involved again, in order to provide an alternative to the left-led struggle.