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The BBC's Paul Adams
"The streets belong to those who oppose"
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Sunday, 16 July, 2000, 21:34 GMT 22:34 UK
Massive anti-Camp David demo
Israeli demonstration
"We are the majority": The Israeli right muster show of support
Tens of thousands of Israelis have demonstrated in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square against the Middle East summit taking place at Camp David in the United States.

The organisers of the demonstration, a coalition of right-wing and Jewish settler groups, said they expected the number of demonstrators to exceed 200,000, but reports suggest the numbers were considerably less.


We came here to deliver a straight message to Barak: that there's not going to be peace because there's no such thing as peace with the Arabs

Yuval Levy, demonstrator
The leader of the opposition Likud Party, Ariel Sharon, said that the Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, was threatening his people with terrorism and war.

The rally comes as Israeli politicians report that the negotiators at the summit remain far apart.

The BBC's Richard Myron, who attended Sunday's rally in Tel Aviv, says the demonstration in Rabin Square will serve to remind Mr Barak of the pressure facing him at home.

Rabin Square

Right-wing Israelis packed into Rabin Square, where former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in 1995. The gunman was a religious extremist opposed to the land-for-peace deals agreed with the Palestinians.

Ariel Sharon
Ariel Sharon: "Israel is strong"
Demonstrators held up banners reading, "Barak's not bringing peace", and "Dismantling settlements tears apart the nation".

Security was tight, with 1,500 police keeping order. Estimates of the numbers of those attending ranged from 100,000 to 150,000.

"We came here to deliver a straight message to Barak: that there's not going to be peace because there's no such thing as peace with the Arabs. They only want to get all of Israel," said Yuval Levy, from Ramat Gan in central Israel.

"We are the majority, and the majority will win!" the demonstrators chanted.

Much of the crowd had been transported by bus from settlements in the West Bank, from homes they fear they might lose in a final peace agreement with the Palestinians.

Others were members of the opposition Likud or other right-wing parties.

'Threatening Israelis'

Likud leader Ariel Sharon addressed the rally.

Israeli demonstration
Jerusalem is the most sensitive issue
"Before us, to my regret, and I say it with sorrow, is a prime minister who threatens his people with terrorism, with war, with an Intifadah [uprising], and enlists world leaders, ministers and political activists to join in his threats."

"A responsible, experienced prime minister would limit himself to one sentence. He would say: Israel is strong."

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