Netanyahu Trial Continues
Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan began providing key testimony yesterday in a long-running corruption case against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Prosecutors claim Milchan provided Netanyahu with a string of gifts totaling more than $200K in exchange for pushing legislation that would grant Milchan favorable tax status.
The allegations form the center of one of three high-profile corruption cases, which have dragged on for years due to the pandemic and various legal challenges and have now been rolled into a single trial (see overview). The proceedings have spanned the deaths of multiple witnesses and seen Netanyahu both be voted out and back into office amid the country's larger political gridlock.
In related news, nearly 100,000 protesters gathered in Tel Aviv for the 25th straight week, demonstrating against judicial reforms proposed by Netanyahu's government. See an explanation of the proposal here.