Netanyahu in court as Israel’s lawmakers mull over his political fate

Netanyahu in court as Israel’s lawmakers mull over his political fate

The Guardian

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Former head of local news website tells judges he was instructed to skew coverage to favour PM and his family

Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to remain in power face a double-pronged challenge, with Israel’s prime minister back in a Jerusalem courtroom for his corruption trial while at the same time critical talks on his political future were held following last month’s inconclusive election.

The witness testimony and evidence stage of a case assessing whether the 71-year-old leader is guilty of bribery, fraud and breach of trust – repeatedly delayed by the pandemic – began on Monday morning.

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