Some 300 workers at Ma'ariv were protesting Sunday against the expected sale of the paper and dismissal of most of the workers. The protesters had closed off several streets at a major intersection in central Tel Aviv. Police did not make any arrests. The protesters were demanding that their pensions and other contractual rights be preserved, even in the case of the paper's sale, which they demanded a say in.
Speaking Sunday, Environment Minister Gilad Erdan said that the workers should receive their full benefits and rights. In an interview, Erdan said that the closure of the paper would be “tragic, since Ma'ariv is an important institution in Israeli history.”