The Attorney General Avihai Mendelblit launched on Wednesday the first of four days he assigned to hearings of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s arguments for the defense ahead of his indictment on four corruption charges. In Case 1000, he is suspected of taking gifts from a longtime friend, Hollywood mogul Arnon Milcham, for political favors; in Case 2000, striking a deal with media mogul Arnon Mozes for favorable press coverage in return for legislation restricting a rival free newspaper. In Case 4000, Netanyahu allegedly granted business privileges to telecommunications tycoon Shaul Elovitch for positive coverage in the Wallah news outlet he owns. After the hearings end next Monday, the prime minister’s attorneys will be at liberty to submit supplementary arguments. The attorney general’s decision on whether to file indictments on any, or all, of these charges of bribery, breach of faith and fraud, is not expected before the end of 2019.