Incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was chosen by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to form the government. He called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reconsider his position on Tuesday amid ongoing political turmoil in the country. Earlier, Rivlin held lengthy talks with rival political parties in the Israeli legislature over the lack of an absolute majority in the Knesset. He said no party leader could get the support he needed to form a government.
Israel needs the support of 81 members of the 120-seat Knesset to form a government. On March 23, the Israeli president began talks with the parties that won seats in the Knesset, as neither party had won an absolute majority in the fourth round of general elections in two years.
In the talks with the president, the 52-member Knesset backed Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister. On the other hand, Yesh Lapid, the party chief and former finance minister of Yes Atid, was nominated by 45 members. Former defense minister and Yamina party chief Nafatli Bennett has the backing of seven members.
The other three parties, which won 18 seats in the Knesset, refused to meet with President Rivlin. The Israeli president said in his speech that if the law allowed him, he would leave the matter to the Knesset members to resolve. “The president should not give responsibility to a candidate who is facing criminal charges,” he said, adding that the law required him to do so. “Benjamin Netanyahu has the potential to form a government,” he said. I have decided to take responsibility for it. ‘
Meanwhile, Netanyahu has called on Bennett and Gideon Sar, a former ally of the New Horizon Party, to support him in forming a government. Bennett, who is not committed to anyone, is almost unlikely to cooperate again in light of his conflicting relationship with Netanyahu.
On the other hand, Sar pointed to the corruption case of the Israeli Prime Minister and said that he will no longer serve under Netanyahu. As prime minister, he supported Yair Lapid. Following the election, the corruption trial against Netanyahu resumed on Monday. Netanyahu has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Russia’s intelligence have been made more than once.
Lapid said in a televised speech on Monday that he had proposed to Bennett to form a coalition government. According to the proposal, Bennett will first serve as prime minister, followed by Lapid. Bennett did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Now Netanyahu has to form a new Israeli government within the next 28 days. If necessary, he can apply to the President for an additional two weeks. However, if the government is not formed, the president will call on another candidate to form the government.