An Israeli judge who allegedly beat his young children began a leave of absence on Thursday, amid swirling questions as to why Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein delayed dealing with his case despite knowing about it for two years.

Welfare services lodged a complaint against the judge three years ago, and in 2011 the police sought permission to question the man, but Weinstein did not approve the investigation.

Police and legal officials called on Weinstein to immediately allow the investigation to proceed, noting that there was sufficient evidence to serve an indictment against the judge and take the children out of his custody.