Jerusalem, Israel – A mass rally is to be held tonight in Tel Aviv’s central square in the wake of the report published by the investigation commission of the Israeli government’s mishandling of the summer 2006 war with Lebanon.
On Tuesday, representatives of the bodies, which make up the social coalition that is behind the rally, had a working meeting in the square.
“The state of Israel has sunk to a new low, the likes of which I, as a young man, cannot remember, but I am also not prepared to live with it,” said Yakir Segev, chairman of the Hebrew University Students Union.
The main slogan at the mass rally tomorrow will be: “Bunglers Go Home.” Posters with the slogan have already begun appearing all over the country, as well as on the Internet.
One of the leaders of the rally will be Motti Ashkenazi, who sparked the successful protest movement against the Golda Meir government after the failures of the Yom Kippur War in 1973.
“Within two and a half months, the prime minister and defense minister will not be in office,” Ashkenazi said Tuesday. “They will go. They have no choice. I am prepared to bet on it.”
The emcee at the rally will be the actress Osnat Vishinsky, whose son Lior, 20, was killed three years ago when the PLO detonated a bomb near an armored personnel carrier up on Philadelphi Road corridor between Gaza and Egypt.
The key song at the rally will be “We Deserve Better,” which is about the absence of leadership. It will be sung by Reut Hasson, 17, from Moshav Naama in the Jordan Valley. Her brother Guy was killed in the Second Lebanon War.
The rally organizers have not made a final decision on who will appear on the platform and which politicians will address the rally.
“I have received a great many requests from politicians in the coalition and the opposition, who want to appear and make speeches,” said Maj. Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan, chairman of the Tafnit political movement, which did not receive enough votes in the 2006 elections to warrant a seat in the Knesset. “Before the rally, we will decide what to do in the best possible way, so that the aim – the resignation of the prime minister and the defense minister – will be achieved.”
David Bedein can be reached at Media@actcom.co.il. His Web site is www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com
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