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Protests in Tel Aviv call for Finance Minister to step down

The biggest demonstration seen by Tel Aviv for many years has called for Israel's Finance Minister to step down. More than 20,000 people took to the streets to demand the resignation of Yuval Steinitz, who is held to be responsible for the rise in the price of housing. A number of senior members of the ruling Likud Party support the call and have submitted a request to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanding that he replace Steinitz to avoid the deterioration of the security situation in Tel Aviv.

According to the Channel Two website, sources in the Prime Minister's office said that high-ranking Likud members have urged Netanyahu to replace Steinitz, capitalizing on the current tensions between the two men. The sources suggested that Netanyahu is thinking seriously about sacking Steinitiz in the coming days and replacing him with one of three candidates: Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz or Welfare and Social Services Minister Moshe Kahlon.

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