Restaurateurs serve Netanyahu a 'final meal' as chaos mounts over Israel's coronavirus restrictions

Protesters rally during a demonstration in Jerusalem on July 21.

Jerusalem (CNN)The pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is building as quickly as the protests, with his official residence on Balfour Street now the focal point of protests that are growing in frequency and in size.

The last protest was Tuesday night. The next is Thursday night, with more protests scheduled for the weekend. As public frustration with the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis soars, the anger fueling the demonstrations shows no sign of abating.
The protesters are angry for different reasons, but all of it is directed at Netanyahu. Gathering by the hundreds outside near Jerusalem's Paris Square, they block off streets and blow air horns. Economic protesters wave placards that say, "Netanyahu is choking us." Anti-corruption protesters hold signs that say, "crime minister."
    Restaurateurs became the latest group to take part in the protests, angry over the changing rules and regulations about how -- and if -- they can operate, with banners that read, "this is the final meal."
      On Friday morning, the cabinet issued an emergency order that restaurants had to close their doors to patrons that evening, with only takeout and delivery orders permitted. When restaurant owners complained that they had already purchased food stock for the weekend, the cabinet postponed the order. Instead, they were instructed to close early Tuesday morning.
      The protesters are angry for different reasons, but all of it is directed at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seen here opening a cabinet meeting on July 5.
      By noon on Tuesday, however, a Knesset committee overruled the cabinet decision, and they could reopen with limited seating. The committee head said the decision was based on epidemiological data which she claimed showed restaurants are not a significant source of infection.
      "If it wasn't so frustrating and sad, it would have been funny," said Itamar Navon, chef-owner at Mona restaurant in Jerusalem. Like many restaurant owners, Navon vowed to remain open, even if it meant defying a government directive. The changing rules -- and the frequency with which they change -- has become a major source of frustration for restaurants looking for clear guidance on how to operate.
        "We're businessmen. We know how to work our business. We know how to calculate our models, but we need some answers," said Navon. "We can't have it that the government plays with us all day. And it really feels like they're playing with us and playing with each other instead of taking this crisis seriously."
        Navon, along with members of the staff in his small, high-end restaurant, joined the protest outside Netanyahu's official residence, using food stock that would've gone to waste to prep