Israeli cabinet ministers faced the wrath of anguished citizens and doctors during visits to local hospitals on Thursday.
Israel is in mourning after a surprise attack by Hamas on Saturday, which has resulted in the deaths of more than 1,200 people. But the country, before the attacks, had been convulsed for months over a judicial reform package pushed by the right-wing government, which has led hundreds of thousands of Israelis to protest in the streets.
“You’ve ruined this country. Get out of here,” a doctor yelled at Idit Silman, a member of the Likud ruling party who serves as environment minister. Silman had paid a visit to the Assaf Harofeh Hospital in Tsrifin. “How are you not ashamed to wage another war?” another person told her.
The protest at the hospital, which prompted the minister to leave the premises, reflects growing anger with the government’s failure to prevent the Hamas attack — the most serious against the country in decades. Many also fault the government for coming too late to the aid of Israelis in peril.
“Now it’s our turn,” the doctor can be heard screaming in a video published on X, formerly known as Twitter. “We are in charge. We will govern here – right, left, a nation united – without you. You’ve ruined everything!” [Continue reading…]