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Restaurateurs serve Netanyahu a 'final meal' as chaos mounts over Israel's coronavirus restrictions

July 23, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Benny Gantz (C), A former IDF Chief and the head of Israeli Resilience party speaks to supporters during an election campaign event in Tel Aviv. Israelis will vote in a parliamentary election on April 9, choosing among party lists of candidates to serve in the 121-seat Knesset

The pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is building as quickly as the protests, with his official residence on Balfour Street now the focal point of protests that are growing in frequency and in size.

Jerusalem (CNN)The pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is building as quickly as the protests, with his official residence on Balfour Street now the focal point of protests that are growing in frequency and in size.

Navon, along with members of the staff in his small, high-end restaurant, joined the protest outside Netanyahu's official residence, using food stock that would've gone to waste to prepare free meals to hand out to those rallying against the Prime Minister.

"The idea behind it is that because the government and the state don't take care of the people, then rather than just throwing it away, we will serve food to people who cannot afford it themselves, given the situation we have in the country right now," said Barak Aharoni, a chef at Tel Aviv's Alena restaurant, who came to hand out meals in Jerusalem Tuesday evening.

When the coronavirus crisis hit Israel in March, he put himself at the center of the government's response.

In her role as head of the committee, Shasha-Biton defied the cabinet on Tuesday by allowing restaurants to open, after allowing beaches and pools to remain open earlier in the week.

Wednesday evening, Netanyahu, along with his health minister, appointed an outside figure to provide operational leadership to Israel's efforts to beat coronavirus, naming Ronni Gamzu, the head of the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and director general of the Health Ministry from 2010-2014 as "national coronavirus project manager. "

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