Netanyahu appears in court as ex-aide Nir Hefetz prepares to take stand

Netanyahu appears in court as ex-aide Nir Hefetz prepares to take stand


JERUSALEM — Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared in court for the first time in over half a year on Tuesday as a one-time confidant prepared to take the stand against him in a high-profile corruption case.

But the long-awaited testimony was delayed until next week after a legal challenge from Netanyahu’s lawyers.

Nir Hefetz, a former Netanyahu aide, is a star prosecution witness in the case against Netanyahu, with his close proximity to Netanyahu during several years in office a key part of the evidence. Hefetz left a long career in journalism in 2009 to work as a spokesman for Netanyahu’s government, then in 2014 became the Netanyahu family’s spokesman and adviser.

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Netanyahu entered the courtroom Tuesday accompanied by a lawyer,

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