Two weeks after Israel’s fourth consecutive election, Israeli President Ruben Rivlin was given the task of forming a new government on Monday to Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Why it matters: Netanyahu’s road to form an alliance is very, very narrow. Although Netanyahu was authorized by the president, he currently does not have a majority in the Knesset, which will prevent him from forming a new government.
Push news: Rivlin announced his decision after consulting with all the members of the different political parties on Monday.
- During the consultations, 52 members of the Knesset recommended Netanyahu to form a government, while 45 recommended opposition leader Yair Lapid.
- Seven members of the Knesset recommended Naftali Bennett, the leader of the right-wing Yemina party, while 1
Between lines: According to Israeli law, the President must authorize Parliament to the members of Parliament who are most likely to form a government.
- Rivlin said in a statement that he concluded after consultations that neither Netanyahu nor Rapide formed a majority government, but Netanyahu’s chances of success were “slightly improved.”
Big picture: In the past two years, due to Natanyahu’s prosecution and continued corruption trials, Israel has plunged into a political and legal crisis.
- The fact that Netanyahu is still prime minister despite being tried has caused a series of unprecedented situations, leading to a complete failure of the government.
- Due to the ongoing trial, Rivlin is facing public pressure and cannot delegate the task to Netanyahu.
- Rivlin said that he faces moral difficulties in choosing Netanyahu, but he emphasized that the law does not prohibit members of the Knesset who are on trial from accepting authorization to form a government.
What’s next: Natanyahu now has 28 days to form a government.
- The only way for him to form such a government is if he manages to persuade the radical right-wing “religious Zionist” party composed of Jewish supremacists and Islamists to join an alliance with the Islamic party, which is a branch of the Islamic party. Muslim Brotherhood Movement.
- If Netanyahu fails to form a government, the Knesset will have 21 days to try to form an alternative coalition. If the same fails, Israel will hold its fifth election in September.