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First witness testifies in Netanyahu trial

On a doubly dramatic day in Israel, the first witness testified in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trail and President Reuven Rivlin began consultations on who will be tasked to form the next government.
Israeli businessman Shaul Elovitz arrives to attend the hearing for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's trial for corruption

Former CEO of the Walla news site Ilan Yeshua appeared this morning at the Jerusalem District Court. Yeshua was the first witness to give testimony in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s graft trial, which opened a few months ago. His testimony concerned one of the three cases against Netanyahu, dubbed Case 4000. The others are referred to as Case 1000 and Case 2000. In Case 4000, Netanyahu is accused of bribery, fraud and breach of trust involving communication policies that served site owner Shaul Elovitch in exchange for positive coverage.

Yeshua told the court that he and a senior editor for the site referred to Netanyahu as "Kim" in reference to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. He said was instructed by his bosses and people close to Netanyahu to prefer positive coverage of the prime minister and criticism of his rivals.  

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