Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu\u2019s corruption trial resumed on Sunday, as the long-serving leader faces mounting discontent over his handling of the coronavirus crisis.\r\nNetanyahu is charged with fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in a series of scandals in which he is alleged to have received lavish gifts from billionaire friends and exchanged regulatory favors with media moguls for more\u00a0agreeable coverage of himself and his family.\r\nNetanyahu denies wrongdoing, painting the accusations as a media-orchestrated witch-hunt pursued by a biased law enforcement system.\r\nThe trial opened in May. Just before appearing in front of the judges, Netanyahu took to a podium inside the courthouse and flanked by his party members\u00a0bashed the country\u2019s legal institutions in an angry tirade.\r\nNetanyahu was not expected to appear at Sunday\u2019s hearing, which is taking place at a Jerusalem court and is mostly a procedural deliberation.\r\nThe trial resumes as Netanyahu faces widespread anger over his government\u2019s handling of the coronavirus crisis.\r\nWhile the country appeared to have tamped down a first wave of infections, what\u2019s emerged as a hasty and erratic reopening sent infections soaring. Yet even amid the rise in new cases Netanyahu and his emergency government \u2014 formed with the goal of dealing with the crisis \u2014 appeared to neglect the numbers and moved forward with other policy priorities and its reopening plans.\r\nIt has since paused them and even re-impose restrictions, including a weekend only lockdown set to begin later this week.\r\nNetanyahu\u2019s government has been criticized for a baffling, halting response to the new wave, which has seen daily cases rise to nearly 2,000. It has been slammed for its handling of the economic fallout of the crisis.\r\nHis trial thus comes at inopportune timing. Netanyahu had hoped to ride on the goodwill he gained from overcoming the first wave of infections\u00a0going into his corruption trial, but the increasingly souring mood has affected his approval rating and may deny him the public backing he had hoped for. The anger has sparked protests over the past few weeks that have culminated in violent clashes with police.