Jerusalem24 – The Hebrew newspaper, Israel Hayom, reported today, Wednesday, that Israeli President Rivlin is studying the possibility of transferring the mandate to form the government to the Knesset if the Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu fails to form it within the next two weeks.
According to the newspaper, the prevailing assessment of the political system is not mandate another figure to form a government in light of the lack of opportunities for any leader currently to do so, but to transfer the mandate to the Knesset in order to force its members to assign a figure capable of obtaining the support of 61 seats, thus preventing further elections.
And at mid-May 4th of next May, the 28-day deadline granted to Netanyahu to form the government will expire, and in the event that Rivlin is re-assigned before this time, the latter will hold telephone consultations with the heads of the parties in the Knesset to obtain an updated picture of the candidate who has the highest chances of forming a government.
In light of Netanyahu’s request for an additional 14 days, Rivlin will, according to the law, ask him to provide a detailed explanation of his scheme in order to allow the period to be extended.
Rivlin seeks to form the government as soon as possible, especially since his term will end on July 9th.