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Protest: Give Bibi a Chance

Student rally supports both the housing protest and the prime minister.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 8/7/2011, 11:44 PM

Tent protesters watch Netanyahu
Tent protesters watch Netanyahu
Yoni Kempinski

As self-proclaimed leaders of the housing protest demand to speak to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, a group of students held a demonstration in Jerusalem calling to give the prime minister a chance.

“There are problems, but we think Bibi can fix them,” organizers explained. Netanyahu has suggested several steps in response to the housing crisis, including reducing bureaucracy, changing the combination of direct and indirect taxes, and increasing competition in the marketplace.

Many passing cars honked their horns in solidarity upon seeing the demonstration, held in Paris Square.

While the housing protest has no official political bent, many have claimed that the tent protest movement has been hijacked by the radical left. Zionist groups joined the protest movement only recently, after initial attempts to take part ended over organizers' far-left ties.

One tent protest leader denied Sunday that he wants to topple the government, but added, “We want the country back.”