Rivlin Hands Mandate to Form New Government to Gantz

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has admitted that he cannot form a coalition government. Netanyahu returned his mandate to do so to Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin. In a video posted to his social media pages, Netanyahu said, “A short time ago I informed the president that I was handing back my mandate to try to form a government.” The Blue and White party quickly commented, saying, “The time of spin is over, and it is now time for action.” Blue and White also said that it was “determined to form the liberal unity government, led by Benny Gantz, that the people of Israel voted for a month ago.” Reported by i24 News. Read more…

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Rivlin gave Gantz 28 days to attempt to form a coalition government. This marks the first time in more than a decade that someone other than Netanyahu has been given a mandate to form a new government. Reported by The Guardian. Read more…

Netanyahu agreed to meet with Gantz for coalition talks. The two have previously discussed a coalition government, when Netanyahu held the mandate. The Likud party has stated that Netanyahu represents a 55-member bloc of right-wing and religious parties and demanded that they be included in any future government. Reported by i24 News. Read more…

Gantz is as unlikely to reach an agreement with Netanyahu on a coalition government as Netanyahu was unlikely to reach an agreement with Gantz. With little chance of a breakthrough, the likelihood of a third, unprecedented election looms. Reported by i24 News. Read more…