Jerusalem24 – The legal deadline that Israeli President Reuven Rivlin granted to Likud Party Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu, to form a new government ends at midday Tuesday.
According to a report by the Yediot Ahronot website, the coming hours will be decisive for Netanyahu, while the head of the Yesh Atid party, Yair Lapid, the head of the Yemina party and Naftali Bennett, are waiting for the legal deadline to expire to know the decision of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, which may determine tomorrow, Wednesday, his position. Either assign one of them to form the government, or transfer the mandate to the Knesset’s plenary body to choose a person for the same task.
Israeli law stipulates that in the event that the second person in charge of forming the government fails, the Israeli president will return the assignment to the Knesset, which must either make the written recommendation of a deputy who has the support of at least 61 deputies or call for new elections.
On the other hand, the opposition parties have not been able to reach an agreement on forming an alternative government, and it is likely that the opposition’s efforts to form a government will intensify, if the mandate is transferred to Lapid, as is likely on Wednesday.
On the other hand, the head of the “right-wing” party, Naftali Bennett, has not decided his position by supporting Netanyahu or being part of an alternative government, of which he rotates to lead with Lapid.
Rivlin had assigned Netanyahu last month to form a government within 28 days, which would expire Tuesday evening, without any indications of his success in this mission.
Israel has witnessed 4 election rounds during the past two years, and Israeli media say that failure to form a government may lead to a fifth election soon.