Gantz Demands Cancellation of Flag Parade Do Over
Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz is demanding that a flag parade rescheduled from Jerusalem Day when it was rerouted and then interrupted by rockets fired from Gaza be canceled. The march, rescheduled for June 10, would enter the Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem and pass through the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem on its way to the Western Wall. Organizers reportedly have permission from the Israel Police to hold the march.
Hamas warned of “consequences” should the march take place and “threaten” Al-Aqsa.
The march is seen in part as a way to break apart the new “change” government coalition, made up of right-, center- and left-wing parties including the Islamist Ra’am-United Arab List.
Marchers generally come from the right-wing Religious Zionist sector and some shout anti-Arab slogans as they march.