Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has tried to bar his opponents from forming a government as he seeks to seize power.
Centrist Party Leader Jer Lapid has until Wednesday to build the coalition.
Israeli media reports say he is close to reaching an agreement with extremist nationalist leader Naftali Bennett.
Netanyahu, Israel̵7;s longest-serving prime minister Lack of majority in March general elections This is the fourth time in two years.
Mr Lapid may be close to reaching a deal, says BBC Middle East analyst Sebastian Usher.
Mr Netanyahu, who was on trial for fraud. He has been in power for 12 years and has ruled Israeli politics for many generations. He was given the first opportunity to form a government. but unable to maintain desired allies
Mr Lapid’s Yesh Atid party came in second after Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud in the latest election. and allow time to form an alliance until June 2.
Our analyst said the outcome of the talks depends on whether Mr. Bennett. former defense minister will agree to share power in what has been described as a government “change” or not
However, he cautioned that no one should count Netanyahu, 71, whose political instinct for survival remains second to none.
Mr Lapid’s 28-day order to form a government has been interrupted by the latest 11-day conflict in Gaza.
One of his potential allies, the Arab Islamist Raam party, ended talks because of the violence. There are also clashes in different cities. of Israel with mixed Arab and Jewish populations
On Saturday night, Netanyahu’s Likud party Made an offer to Mr Bennett and another potential coalition leader to split the prime ministership into three.
However, his offer was rejected.
If Mr Lapid can’t come to an agreement Israelis may return to vote later this year.
Under Israel’s proportional electoral system It is difficult for one party to get enough seats to form a complete government. Small parties often have to generate the numbers needed for the alliance.