Tens of thousands of Israeli protesters demand Netanyahu's resignation

Israeli protesters rallied in Jerusalem on Sunday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu amid growing criticism of his failure to secure the release of hostages.

Tens of thousands of people gathered outside the parliament in what the Associated Press said was the largest anti-government protest since the Israel-Hamas conflict started in October.

Netanyahu defended his actions in a news conference. He said those who claim he is not doing everything he can to bring back the hostages are mistaken.

He added that while Israel has shown flexibility in the negotiations, Hamas is hardening its positions.

He also reiterated his readiness to take action in Rafah in southern Gaza, saying that there can be no victory without eliminating Hamas battalions there.

Multiple media outlets in Israel reported on Sunday that the country's delegation had arrived in Egypt for negotiations on a ceasefire in return for the release of hostages.

In previous negotiations, Hamas demanded a permanent ceasefire and a deal to allow Palestinians who fled south to return. But Israel refused those demands, leading to an impasse in the discussions.