Grosso modo Netanyahu’s position is that, in general, the whole legal process against him has no justification or legitimacy.
Netanyahu highlighted the way he’s different from many other defendants in his opening remarks, calling for all the hearings to be broadcast live online.
Placards comparing Netanyahu trial to Dreyfus tidal, together with cries of “antisemites,” “leftists,” “post-Zionists” and “Israel haters,” were just some of the messages disseminated.
"They don't like it that I am not a poodle."
The opposition Yesh Atid Party and the Black Flag movement have organized protests at dozens of junctions across the country under the banner: “Corrupt and Disconnected – We are sick of you.”
The legal war runs parallel to the public opinion war.
Bar-Am’s record on white-collar crime is less extensive than the other two judges, putting him in the neutral category. However, with less experience in this area, he is more likely to defer to them.
"The judges will hear what everyone has to say and will examine them well – and the more they decide that these actions are not felonies, they will not hesitate to acquit."
The Black Flag movement is planning on having dozens of buses and a chain of cars surround Netanyahu's official residence with the slogan “the man indicted for corruption is not my prime minister."
Key to Sunday's hearing is how quickly or slowly the judges decide to move the trial forward.