Pensioners join protests sweeping Israel

Protest movement poses a growing challenge to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s government.

Jerusalem: Israeli pensioners are joining an
expanding economic protest movement that poses a growing
challenge to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s government.

Hundreds protested in Tel Aviv today demanding cheaper
medicine and lower taxes.
Demonstrations began last month over high housing prices
but quickly expanded to encompass a wide variety of economic
gripes, including the costs of food and education.

More than a quarter of a million people in this country of
7.7 million marched in the biggest social protest in Israel`s
history yesterday.

Netanyahu has offered some reforms but protesters say they
are insufficient.

He has appointed a special committee to address
protesters` demands.

Israel`s Parliament will interrupt its summer recess to
hold a meeting about the crisis next week.

PTI

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