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Israel s Netanyahu, unbeaten in elections, is going on trial

After entering the record books last year as Israel s longest-serving prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu will once again make history when he becomes the country s first sitting leader to go on trial. Surrounded by security guards, Netanyahu is set to march into Jerusalem s district court for arraignment on a series of corruption charges on Sunday. The stunning scene will push Israel into uncharted political and legal territory, launching a process that could ultimately end the career of a leader who has been undefeatable at the ballot box for over a decade. Netanyahu has been charged with fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in a series of cases. He is accused of accepting expensive gifts, such as cartons of champagne and cigars, from wealthy friends and offering favors to media moguls in exchange for favorable news coverage of him and his family. In the most serious case, he is accused of promoting legislation that delivered hundreds of millions of dollars of profits to the ..

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