The trial of Yisrael Beytenu leader and former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman
starts on Sunday in a dramatic case that will determine his political fate and
will likely go down in history with the cases of former prime minister Ehud
Olmert and former president Moshe Katsav.
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After months of speculation
about a plea bargain agreement, Liberman is expected to plead not guilty and
deny all the charges against him.
If Liberman, 54, is convicted and his
actions are found to constitute moral turpitude, he will have to resign from the
Knesset and be out of politics for a minimum of seven years, sidelining and
possibly ending the political career of a man who is not much more than a
heartbeat away from the post of prime minister.