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.
Exactly a year ago, Gantz fiercely attacked Netanyahu at a pro-democracy rally in Tel Aviv.
If Netanyahu is convicted, half the country will believe that he was railroaded, and the other half will lose faith in the political system. If acquitted, faith in the justice system will be lost.
Will Netanyahu’s strategy of preaching to the public instead of pleading to the court succeed?
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.
PM spoke with leaders of Sudan and Chad, and expressed wish to increase ties with more Muslim countries.