Former prime minister Ehud Olmert will take the stand for the first time in the Holyland trial on Sunday.
His testimony could decisively affect the trial’s outcome.
The verdict on his guilt or innocence could be decisive in determining whether Olmert, who turns 68 on Monday, can return to the political arena and take one last shot at challenging Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for primacy.
The Holyland trial, in the Tel Aviv District Court, is Olmert’s second recent trial.
His first, the Jerusalem corruption trial, ended in July 2012 with his acquittal on the most serious charges. The prosecution appealed, but many expect it to lose the appeal.