Israeli Court Sets Date For Netanyahu's Corruption Trial

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Israeli Court Sets Date For Netanyahu's Corruption Trial
The district court in Jerusalem said Tuesday Netanyahu's trial will begin on March 17 — just two weeks after Israel's national elections.
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An Israeli court has set a date for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial.

The district court in Jerusalem said Tuesday Netanyahu's trial will begin on March 17 — just two weeks after Israel's national elections. This will be the country's third vote in less than a year. 

The court's announcement came at a bad time for Netanyahu, who's been trying to convince voters that his legal issues won't affect his ability to serve as prime minister. 

His opponent, White and Blue party leader Benny Gantz, will likely use the upcoming trial to fuel his argument to the contrary. 

Netanyahu was formally indicted on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in December. He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.