Prior to entering the courtroom on Sunday where he listened to the prosecution reading out the charges against him, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired left, right, and center accusing the police and the judiciary of plotting against him in a bid to topple his government.

“Citizens of Israel, what stands for trial today is the attempt to thwart the will of the people [and the desire] to overthrow me and the right-wing camp [I represent]”, he said in a 15-minute statement.

“The left has been trying [to topple me] for over a decade at the ballot box. In recent years they have found a new patent. The police and the prosecutor’s office joined forces with left-wing newspapers to build unfair and despicable cases [against me] and bring down a strong right-wing prime minister”.