There have been protests against the coalition government in the last few days [Jack Guez/AFP]

Israel’s Supreme Court has started the second day of a hearing to determine if a coalition agreement between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and main rival Benny Gantz is valid as the former faces corruption charges.

On Sunday, the court heard “arguments on the question of bestowing the duty of forming a government on a Knesset member against whom an indictment has been filed”, according to Chief Justice Esther Hayut.

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“[On Monday] there will be a hearing on the second issue, regarding the coalition agreement,” she said, sitting at the head of a panel of 11 judges.

The Supreme Court’s ruling is expected to be announced by Thursday.

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