On Saturday night, tens of thousands of Israelis took part in demonstrations across more than nine cities in the territories occupied in 1948. These protests demonstrate an escalating wave of public protest in Israel against rising prices and high housing rents.
In a number of protests staged in the streets of cities such as Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Be'er Sheva, Nazareth and a number of other Jewish-majority areas, demonstrators demanded 'social justice' sparking government concerns over a possible Israeli popular social uprising.
On Sunday, July 31, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz noted that in light of the on-going protests, the ruling Likud Party could lose the upcoming elections. It added that the current reality indicated that there would be a crisis within Israeli society. This could mean the end of Netanyahu's dream of a third government, particularly given that he appointed himself Minister of Strategic Economic Affairs over 28 months ago. According to Haaretz, the situation is now headed toward further economic crises.
The paper reported that the Likud Party met three days ago to discuss the current situation in Tel Aviv. The session included demands to change Israeli government policy to ensure a resolution to the crisis and avoid Netanyahu's fall.
More than 20,000 facebook users have joined a facebook page calling for general civil disobedience across Israel on Monday, August 1.