Tens of hundreds of Israelis took to the streets on Saturday. The bulk congregated outdoors the Prime Minister’s Residence on Balfour Road in Jerusalem. Different teams gathered on freeway overpasses, bridges, outdoors Netanyahu’s personal residence in Caesarea and close to the Tel Aviv seashore.The protesters got here pushing a wide range of points. Some need Benjamin Netanyahu out of workplace because of his alleged corruption. Others are upset on the manner he has managed the coronavirus disaster and lots of – particularly the youth – are offended that, for now, evidently their future has been misplaced.There are 3 ways to answer the scenario that Netanyahu finds himself dealing with when hundreds of individuals protest virtually day by day outdoors his house. A method is to disregard the protests and fake that they don’t hassle him. He might rise above the demonstrations and make a degree of displaying the individuals that he’s doing enterprise as common and what he typically declares he spends his time doing: engaged on behalf of the individuals of Israel 24/7.Ignoring the protests was by no means an choice for Netanyahu. First, as a result of he won’t ever let a very good disaster go to waste and from the day the protests gained steam, he used them to sling mud at his political adversaries from Benny Gantz to Ehud Barak and Naftali Bennett.The opposite purpose he can not ignore them is as a result of they genuinely hassle him. They undermine his household’s high quality of life in addition to hurt him politically. Within the final month, for instance, Likud underneath his management has dropped 10 seats within the polls. If that isn’t political harm, what’s?The protests hassle him a lot that on the opening of Sunday’s cupboard assembly Netanyahu devoted a 5 minute speech to slam the protesters, the media for protecting the protests the way in which they do and his political rivals.Responding to Benny Gantz’s remark that the “protests are the lifeblood of a democracy”, Netanyahu stated: “I didn’t plan to talk about the protests, however because you talked about them, I’ll make some remarks.”Sounds spontaneous, proper? Nothing deliberate. Effectively, not precisely. Netanyahu then placed on his bifocals and proceeded to learn an announcement for about 5 minutes together with quotes from former Supreme Court docket justices, journalists and extra. Not precisely somebody who didn’t plan on speaking about one thing.Evaluating the media in Israel to North Korea, Netanyahu lashed out towards the protests which he stated trampled democracy and have been an “incubator for the coronavirus” (Knowledge, by the way in which, from the Well being Ministry doesn’t assist that declare however that’s irrelevant).“The protests are being fueled particularly by the media who’ve enlisted in a fashion the likes of which I can not keep in mind,” Netanyahu stated. “I reject the one-sided angle of the vast majority of the media. They aren’t reporting on the protests however collaborating in them, and fueling them. This isn’t simply media which has bought on board [with the protests] however is enlisting individuals to the protests.“There has by no means been such a distorted mobilization [of the media]. I might have stated Soviet [media mobilization], however it’s already North Korean,” concluded Netanyahu.This brings me to the third choice Netanyahu might have seized on however determined to not.As a substitute of attacking the protesters, the media and anybody else in his manner, he might have expressed sympathy, solidarity and empathy. Are there individuals who come to those protests to advance political agendas? After all. What protests don’t have that?However there are additionally individuals there who’re hurting. They’re crumbling underneath the ache that the virus has brought about the financial system, their households, their companies and their communities. These individuals, or any of the opposite protesters there exercising their democratic proper, don’t should be known as “coronavirus incubators” by their chief.They need to be spoken to with the empathy we should always count on from our elected officers, a kind of compassion that can make us wish to come collectively to beat this unprecedented disaster.For that to occur although, we would want management that wishes to unite and heal. As illustrated by his remarks at Sunday’s cupboard assembly that isn’t what Netanyahu needs. He needs to proceed to drive a wedge inside Israeli society. He needs to divide.