Tel Aviv police chief quits, citing government meddling against protesters

July 06, 2023

Tel Aviv police chief quits, citing government meddling against protesters Protest in Tel Aviv after the police chief quit, citing government meddling against anti-government protestersBy Maayan LubellJERUSALEM (Reuters) - Tel Aviv's police commander said on Wednesday he was quitting the force, citing political intervention by members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hard-right cabinet whom he said wanted excessive force used against anti-government protesters. Soon after Eshed's announcement, hundreds of protesters carrying Israeli flags and chanting "democracy" marched through Tel Aviv. "I could have easily met these expectations by using unreasonable force that would have filled up the emergency room of Ichilov (Tel Aviv hospital) at the end of every protest," Eshed said. The leader of the Jewish Power party has since rebuked police for its treatment of protesters. Other members of Netanyahu's nationalist-religious coalition have echoed Ben-Gvir, saying police have shown favourable treatment to the protesters who have filled Tel Aviv streets weekly since January, compared with what they see as far harsher treatment of settlers and ultra-Orthodox protesters.