Jerusalem (Associated Press)-The Israeli president on Tuesday handed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the daunting task of trying to form a new government, giving the embattled Israeli leader the opportunity to extend his term.
But with the newly elected parliament torn apart and the prime minister on trial for corruption charges, Netanyahu has nothing to celebrate.
Now, he has up to six weeks to attract his political enemies to join a coalition, and this effort seems unlikely to succeed. At the same time, these opponents will work hard to form an alternative government to end his 1
In a meeting with his Likud party members, Netanyahu said in a politician tone that he would become the prime minister of all Jewish and Arab citizens, religious and secular citizens of Israel.
He said: “We will take care of everyone.” He vowed to “exclude Israel from periodic elections and establish a strong government for all Israeli citizens.”
After Israel’s fourth indecisive election in the past two years, President Rouven Rivlin turned to Netanyahu for help.
In the post-election ceremony, Rivlin had consultations with the 13 political parties of the elected parliament on Monday, looking for hope of reaching a consensus on the candidates for prime minister. But Netanyahu and his main competitor, Yair Lapid, have not received the approval of most lawmakers.
An angry Rivlin said in announcing the decision on Tuesday that no candidate has the support needed to form a majority coalition in the 120-seat Knesset. He also pointed out that people still have doubts that Netanyahu is still in the office during the trial.
But he said that there is nothing in the law to prevent Netanyahu from continuing to serve as prime minister, and he said that Netanyahu has a greater chance of joining together to form a coalition than his rivals.
Rivlin said: “From a moral and moral point of view, this is not an easy decision.” “The State of Israel should not be taken for granted. I am worried for my country.”
Netanyahu did not participate in Tuesday’s announcement as usual, and Rivlin later did not appear in the photo of Netanyahu’s swearing-in of the new parliament.
Netanyahu now has 28 days to form an alliance, and Rivlin may extend it for another two weeks.
Netanyahu has the support of 52 parliamentarians, more than his competitors, but still not enough to form the 61 seats needed to form a government.
Obtaining the support of the other nine MPs is no easy task. Netanyahu will use his persuasive power and generous proposals from various government ministries to propose marriage to his potential partners.
Netanyahu is likely to need the support of the Arab Islamic Party Ram. If Ram’s leader Mansour Abbas assisted Netanyahu, if he assisted the Israeli Arab sector that has long suffered from crime, discrimination and poverty, he would open up to Netanyahu. The door to Nyahu cooperation.
However, one of Netanyahu’s allies, the Religious Zionist Party, has an open racist platform that refuses to serve in the government with Arab partners. Netanyahu may attract the rabbi, who is the spiritual guide of the party, hoping to change his mind.
Netanyahu is also likely to need Yamina’s support. Yamina is a religious nationalist party led by Naftali Bennett, a former ally turned rival. Party alliances are also cool.
Bennett, Netanyahu’s former assistant, promised to negotiate in “good faith” on Tuesday, but did not make any promises to his former mentor.
Netanyahu’s last hope will be to try to attract “rebels” from other opposition parties. For now, however, Netanyahu’s opponents have vowed to gain a foothold, especially after the painful experience of the previous administration.
After last year’s election, Netanyahu and his main rival, Benny Gantz, agreed to form an “emergency” government to deal with the coronavirus crisis. Their partnership was plagued by infighting and collapsed within half a year, which triggered the election on March 23.
Yohanan Plesner, director of the Israel Democracy Institute, a think tank in Jerusalem, said: “It now appears that Netanyahu’s chances of forming a government are very low.”
What is going on around the negotiation will be Netanyahu’s corrupt trial. This week, he testified again with the testimony of the first witness in a series of witnesses. The trial resumed this week.
Netanyahu was charged with a series of scandals including fraud, breach of trust and bribery. He denied the allegations and compared the case with the “attempted coup” this week.
The centrist Yesh Atid’s party leader Lapid admitted on Tuesday that the law gave Rivlin “no choice”, but he said that using Netanyahu was a “shameful shame.” , Causing Israel to suffer losses.”
Rapide proposed another option: a power-sharing arrangement with Bennett, which would allow the two to rotate between the jobs of the prime minister. They are expected to engage in intense negotiations in the coming weeks.
Plesner, a former member of the Knesset, said that the partnership between Bennett and Lapid was “possible.”
Rapide will be able to fulfill his main campaign promise to remove Netanyahu, and Bennett, who has only seven seats in the party, will take the lead as prime minister.
“For the two of them, this is a very profitable deal,” Presner said.
Gayil Talshir, a political scientist at the Hebrew University of Israel, said that Netanyahu, like Benett, has opponents of his hardline ideology and would rather see him fail Then unite against him.
She said: “Otherwise, from the perspective of their own right-wing base, they would be regarded as traitors.”
The new parliament took office at a time when Israeli society fell into polarization. Last month’s general election was seen as a referendum on Netanyahu’s divisive leadership style, and the result was a continuous stalemate.
Supporters of Netanyahu consider him a global politician who is particularly suited to lead the country. His opponents accused him of pushing the country through repeated elections in order to produce a parliament that would protect him from criminal prosecution.
As a sign of these divisions, as the new parliament was sworn in, about 100 protesters hoisted the LGBT pride flag and a mock submarine in a noisy demonstration outside the Knesset. Homophobia, while the submarine pointed to a graft scandal involving the purchase of German submarines.
When the new Knesset was sworn in, Rivlin called for unity. This is the last time Rivlin has spoken at such a gathering, and the outgoing president, who is about to step down this summer, looked emotional.
“If we don’t learn and find a model of partnership that will allow us to live together here, with mutual respect, mutual commitment and sincere solidarity, then our national resilience will be in real danger,” he said .