Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's testimony before
the Jerusalem District Court continued Thursday, focusing again on the "cash envelopes" affairs.
The case entails allegations suggesting Olmert illegally received over $600,000 from American businessman Morris Talansky.
Olmert denied – yet again – ever receiving any funds from Talansky during his visits to the United States.
"It simply never happened. This story has no beginning, no middle and no end. It's a fantasy," he said in regards to the American businessman's testimony in the case.
The prosecution presented a bank statement showing a $15,000 withdrawal made by Talansky on a date corresponding with a 2005 visit by Olmert to New York City; just ahead of a meeting between the two.
Talansky claimed in his testimony that he had given the money to Olmert, but the latter shrugged it off, saying the timeline presented by the prosecution – the length of time between the supposed withdrawal and the meeting – simply made it impossible.
"I never received a penny from Talansky. You are trying to artificially manufacture a situation," he admonished the prosecutor.