Jerusalem24 – Yair Lapid, leader of the “There is a future” party, began consultations on the formation of an Israeli government that would be an alternative to the government of the current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in light of many obstacles.
This comes the day after he received the letter mandating him to form the new government, following Netanyahu’s failure to form a right-wing government.
The Hebrew newspaper “Haaretz” reported that Lapid is seeking to form a government that includes all parties except those aligned with Netanyahu.
It explained that the leader of the “There is a future” party seeks to form a government that includes the left and center parties and some right-wing parties, and will try to attract religious parties as well.
On the chances of Lapid succeeding in forming a new government, the newspaper stated that his chances are not great. And this is in light of his efforts to negotiate with all these contradictory parties in programs, goals and messages, describing the efforts to form the government as “walking in a field of mines.”
The efforts to form the government are currently focused between Lapid and the leader of the “right” party, Naftali Bennett, who is looking to take over the presidency of the new government.
Intensive negotiations are underway with the “Labor, Meretz, Blue and White, New Hope, Yisrael Beiteinu, There is a future, right” parties to form a viable new Israeli government.
However, this camp still needs support from the United Arab List. The total number of these parties won 57 seats, and they would need four additional seats to be able to pass the government in the Knesset.
In the context, the Hebrew Channel 12 reported that Lapid will try with Bennett to form a government within a week; to prevent Netanyahu from exerting pressure on the blocs not to join the Lapid government in an effort to be re-assigned to form the government.