The Israeli president will now entrust another candidate with the formation of a government
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, despite his last and most desperate attempts, failed to form a government before the Tuesday midnight deadline. The end of a twelve-year term of office is getting closer to the head of state.
Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, has accused Yamina’s leader, Naftali Bennett, of failing to form a “government with the law” for which he has again placed the government in the hands of President Reuven Rivlin.
“Due to Bennett’s refusal to enter into a right-wing government, which would definitely have led to the formation of a government with additional MPs, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned the mandate to the president,” the Likud reported in a statement shortly before the deadline .
In the past few hours, in a desperate attempt by the extreme right of Yamina, Netanyahu has offered to run the government for a year in addition to a bill holding direct elections and allowing him to stay in office despite not having a majority in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament.
Also in his final hours trying to reach an intergovernmental deal, Netanyahu has sought to expedite a number of laws that could serve to address the ideological differences between Yair Lapid, the Yesh Atid party, and Bennett, who would be there distance and demonstrate talks for a new government.
In addition, his party has sought to accelerate legislation that would allow a direct election of the prime minister without further parliamentary elections, which would allow him to retain the position despite the fact that the bill does not currently have a majority that would allow him to prosper.
Rivlin is now expected to propose to the opposition bloc, led by Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid party, to form a government, avoiding dissolving parliament and holding new elections, which would be the fifth in just over two years.
According to the Israeli press, Lapid and Bennett have been negotiating to reach an agreement whereby the leader of Yamina would become prime minister during the first part of the term and later transfer the position to Lapid.
In addition, in the last few weeks Lapid has received support from the so-called “Change Bloc”, which consists of Yesh Atid – 17 seats -, blue and white – 8 -, Yisrael Beitenu – 7 -. Labor – -7-, New Hope -6- and Meretz -6-, while talks are being held with other formations, including Yamina -7-, United Arab List (Ra’am) -4- – and the Joint List -6 -.
In fact, Gantz, until now an ally of Netanyahu in the government, has publicly shown his support for Lapid through his Twitter account and brought charges against the Prime Minister.
“The Israeli people have received in quick succession: pandemic, unemployment, evil politics, loss of confidence in the leadership and deep polarization. The red line is behind us. We can solve everything in a few hours.) Netanyahu, I’ll call you through you: If Israel is important to you, stop the intrigue, “he wrote.
As Rivlin himself confirmed through his profile on the same social network, he will start contacting the other political formations this Wednesday morning, so the candidate would have until June 2nd to try to gather the necessary support.
In addition to entrusting the formation of a government to another party, the president can send the mandate to the Knesset, which would have 21 days to find a candidate supported by 61 or more of the 120 MPs in the Chamber “The Times of Israel” .
Almost half of Israel would approve this coalition
The political game board has reopened, with a poll by Channel 13 in the country showing that nearly half of citizens, 43 percent in particular, would support a unity government led by Bennett and Lapid.
Supporters of both formations would receive no support for the unity government, however, as only 24 percent of Yamina’s voters support the union with Lapid, compared with more than half who defend a coalition with Netanyahu.
The poll also found that Netanyahu’s proposal for direct prime ministerial election would receive 41 percent of the vote, compared with 36 percent for Lapid. If there were new elections today, the Likud would still be the most elected party, but it would reduce the number of MPs from 30 to 28. For her part, Yamina would see a sharp rise from seven to eleven seats.