Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has rejected  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's request to delay his pre-indictment hearing, currently scheduled for the beginning of October. Netanyahu had sought the postponement arguing that it was necessary in light of the proximity to the national elections that will take place in September – elections that Netanyahu himself precipitated when he moved to disperse the Knesset after he failed to form a coalition, over handing the mandate back to the president to task another MK with the mission.

Netanyahu faces allegations of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three corruption cases. 

KAN's Mark Weiss asked Prof. Oren Gazal-Ayal, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa, if he was surprised by the attorney general's decision.