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In a jarring day for Israel, Netanyahu's corruption trial resumes as coalition talks heat up

April 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) attends a hearing evidence stage for his trial over alleged corruption crimes, at the Jerusalem district court, in Salah El-Din, East Jerusalem, 05 April 2021. Netanyahu attends to court to formally respond to the evidence stage of his charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, just weeks after the national elections.

Benjamin Netanyahu faced some of his biggest challenges to date, both legally and politically, in a historic split-screen day in Israel.

Netanyahu faces charges in three separate cases.

And, unless he's granted special permission, Netanyahu may need to attend the entire trial (on Monday, he was allowed to leave after the prosecutor's opening remarks).

If Netanyahu's Likud party colleagues achieve success at the President's residence, that could help with his potential success in court, says the head of the Israeli Democracy Institute Yohanan Plessner.

Nothing that happens in Israeli politics can be really understood without understanding the timeline of Netanyahu's trial.

If no party is able to form a governing coalition, the country may face an unprecedented fifth election in two years -- which could lead to an unprecedented situation where Netanyahu will be splitting his time between the campaign trial and the court room.

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