Protesters say Mr Netanyahu shouldn't be leading the country while on trial for fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes.(AP: Oded Balilty)ShareFacebookTwitterArticle share optionsShare this onFacebookTwitterLinkedInSend this byEmailMessengerCopy linkWhatsAppPrint contentPrint with images and other mediaPrint text onlyPrintCancelIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has railed at swelling protests against his rule, saying they were egged on by a biased media that distorts facts and cheers on the demonstrators.Key points:A series of protests against Mr Netanyahu have been happening twice a week for monthsProtesters are angry he remains in office while on trial accused of fraud and taking bribesMr Netanyahu has accused Israeli media of distorting facts to "North Korean" levelsMr Netanyahu has faced a wave of protests in recent weeks, with demonstrators calling for the resignation of the long-serving leader, who is on trial on corruption charges.They have also criticised his handling of the coronavirus crisis.Mr Netanyahu has painted the protests as dens of "anarchists" and "leftists" out to topple "a strong right-wing leader".The protests have largely been peaceful.In some cases they have ended with clashes between demonstrators and police.In others, small gangs of Netanyahu supporters and individuals affiliated with far-right groups have assaulted demonstrators.For the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic read our coronavirus live blog.At least 10,000 people demonstrate near official residence The protests are the largest in Israel in almost a decade.(AP: Oded Balilty)Throughout the past few months, thousands of Israelis have taken to the streets, calling for Mr Netanyahu to resign, protesting against his handling of the country's coronavirus crisis and saying he should not remain in office while on trial.Mr Netanyahu faces charges of fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in a series of scandals involving wealthy associates and media moguls including James Packer.He denies wrongdoing.Though Mr Netanyahu has tried to play down the protests, the twice-weekly gatherings show no signs of slowing, and Saturday night's Jerusalem gathering drew more than 10,000 people.The rallies against Mr Netanyahu are the largest Israel has seen since 2011 protests over the country's high cost of living.After moving quickly to contain the virus last spring, many believe Israel reopened its economy too quickly, leading to a surge in cases.The country is now coping with record levels of coronavirus, while unemployment has surged to over 20 per cent.According to figures from Johns Hopkins University, there have been 72,315 cases recorded and 531 people have died during the pandemic'North Korean' levels of distortion in media Mr Netanyahu has blamed protesters for spreading coronavirus.(AP: Oded Balilty)In a six-minute rant at a meeting of his Cabinet, Mr Netanyahu slammed the media for "inflaming" the protests and for misrepresenting incidents of violence against the protesters.Running out of magicIn April he was "King Bibi", the magician who had pulled another election victory out of his hat, staring down corruption allegations and his purported enemies in the media, the courts and the police. But now Benjamin Netanyahu cuts a vastly different figure, writes Eric Tlozek. Read more"There has never been such a distorted mobilisation,
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