The opening of Netanyahu’s trial – in search of justice or a vendetta

Grosso modo Netanyahu’s position is that, in general, the whole legal process against him has no justification or legitimacy.

Likud MKs applaud Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of his first trial hearing on Sunday
Israel vs. Benjamin Netanyahu: The circus is just beginning

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.

"Dreyfus trial" reads a placard held by a protestor during a pro-Netanyahu demonstration outside the
Pro-Netanyahu protesters denounce judicial system, law enforcement

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.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recommends Israelis use the namaste greeting to avoid contracting
Netanyahu to ask court to broadcast trial live

"They don't like it that I am not a poodle."

Watch: Protesters outside PM residence pop open champagne in celebration

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.”

Netanyahu, prosecution fight over trial start date

The legal war runs parallel to the public opinion war.

Who are the judges who will decide Netanyahu’s fate?

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.

Benjamin Netanyahu
Elovitch's former lawyer: Good chance Netanyahu will be acquitted

"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."

Yesh Atid activists protesting on road to court
Protests against Netanyahu to take place across Israel

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."

Netanyahu to be Israel's first sitting PM on trial - case opens today

Key to Sunday's hearing is how quickly or slowly the judges decide to move the trial forward.

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