(PHOTO) Water cannons for protesters in Jerusalem demanding new elections

Israeli police used water cannons to disperse protesters who gathered in Jerusalem demanding new elections in the country.

They attempted to march on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's house after demonstrating outside the Knesset, calling for immediate elections and the release of the remaining hostages being held captive in Gaza.

Many Israelis, upset by the hostages and accusing Netanyahu of putting political interests above all else, want a deal to end the fighting.

The demonstrations came as Netanyahu dissolved the influential military cabinet tasked with running the war in Gaza.

The three-person military cabinet was dissolved a week after Benny Gantz, a popular opposition lawmaker and former military chief, resigned from Netanyahu's ruling coalition in frustration with how the war was being fought.

In the early days of the war, Gantz asked to form a small cabinet with Defense Minister Yoav Galant as a way to isolate far-right lawmakers in Netanyahu's government.

Critics say Netanyahu's wartime decision-making was influenced by ultranationalists in his government who oppose a ceasefire deal with Hamas in exchange for the release of hostages.

They supported the "voluntary migration" of Palestinians out of Gaza and the return of the military occupation of the territory.

Netanyahu denies the allegations and says he has the country's best interests in mind.

 

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