Judges rejected the Israeli leader’s request to stay home on Sunday and allow his lawyers to represent him in court [Adina Valman via AFP]

Israel’s longest-serving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will make history on Sunday 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. 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 more than a decade.

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Netanyahu has been charged with fraud, breach of trust, and accepting bribes in a series of cases.

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