Share Opinion The summer of 2011 was known in Israel as “The Summer of the Protest.” In 2011, a huge social protest movement developed, calling both for lower prices, in specific, and social justice, in general. At the time, a friend commented to me that he hoped the protesters succeeded in achieving something — as he feared that if they did not, it would be a long time until people came out and demonstrated again. Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now In the end, the demonstrators of summer 2011 failed to accomplish anything significant. In attempts to calm the masses, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu swiftly created a commission to look into their demands. Commission members studied the issues and made a group of recommendations — most of which were promptly ignored by the government. And so, sadly, my friend was correct. For the last six years, few have made the effort to come out to come out for any demonstrations. Recently, the best attended demonstration in Tel Aviv was a gathering in celebration of veganism, in tandem with support for animal rights. That is, until this past Saturday night. On Saturday night, tens of thousands took to the streets of Tel Aviv. These were not the youth of 2011 but mostly an older demographic: the lawyers, the investment bankers, the doctors, architects, small business owners, retirees, and more. They came out to protest the naked attempt of the government to pass laws to protect Netanyahu from the expected results of the police investigation into his alleged corruption. For the past two weeks, Netanyahu’s representatives in the Knesset have been pursuing the passage of a bill that would make it illegal for the police to make public recommendations to the attorney-general at the end of their investigation as to whether there is a basis for an indictment. Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on December 3, 2017. SEBASTIAN SCHEINER/AFP/Getty The bill was crafted explicitly to stop police from presenting their recommendations about their investigations in at least two of the cases where law enforcement is widely expected to recommend that Netanyahu be indicted.