| 7 December 2023, Thursday |

Netanyahu’s deadline to form Israeli government ends today


Tuesday evening,  is the deadline for the Israeli Prime Minister-designate, Benjamin Netanyahu, to form a government.

On April 6, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin asked Netanyahu to form a government and gave him 28 days to perform the task. If he fails to do so, the latter can ask the president to extend it for two weeks, and if the failure continues, the president assigns another candidate or asks Parliament to choose another.

According to the correspondent of the “Al-Hurra” channel in Jerusalem, the chances that Netanyahu will succeed in completing the task entrusted to him are diminishing due to the lack of a parliamentary majority.

On Monday, the head of the “Yemina” party, Naftali Bint, announced his rejection of the offer made by the prime minister-designate, who decided to hold the premiership for a period of one year, and then Netanyahu would assume the presidency for the remaining three years.

The Al-Hurra correspondent indicated that the Israeli president might entrust the task of forming the government to the leader of the opposition, Yair Lapid, or ask the Knesset to name a deputy for him by consensus.

Netanyahu said that most citizens voted for him in the recent elections by electing his own party or by electing right-wing parties that support him, considering that a right-wing government headed by him is the democratic option.

In an attempt by Netanyahu’s associates to ensure he remains in power, Likud MK Micky Zohar, who is the head of the Knesset Organizing Committee, will present a bill for direct elections for the post of prime minister, along with a bill to legitimize settlement outposts.

For its part, the anti-Netanyahu “change bloc” is working on aborting the possibility that the Likud party will swiftly pass the direct election project.