Two weeks after Israel’s fourth consecutive election, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin on Monday gave power to form a new government to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Why is that important?: Netanyahu’s path to form a government is very narrow. Although he was authorized by the president. But at this moment, Netanyahu does not have a majority in Israel, the Knesset, that will allow him to form a new government.
Drive news: Rivlin announced his decision after discussions with members of all parties on Monday.
- During consultations, 52 members of Knesset suggested that Netanyahu form a government, while 45 opposition leader Yair Lapid suggested.
- Seven members of the Knesset advised right-wing Yemina leader Naftali Bennett and 16 members not to recommend any candidates.
Between the lines: According to Israeli law, the President must bestow the power to the members of the Knesset who have the best chance to form a government.
- Rivlin said in a statement that his conclusion after consultation was that neither Netanyahu nor Lapid had a majority to form a government. But the chances that Netanyahu will succeed are “Better a little”
Big picture: Israel has been in a political and legal crisis for the past two years as a result of the Netanyahu indictment and the ongoing corruption trial.
- The fact that Netanyahu remained prime minister despite his sentencing has created an unprecedented situation that has led to a total malfunction of the government.
- Rivlin is under pressure from the public not to delegate power to Netanyahu due to an ongoing trial.
- Rivlin said he faced moral hardship in his decision to touch Netanyahu. But stressed that the law does not prohibit members of the Knesset considering cases from being mandated to form a government.
What’s next: Netanyahu now has 28 days to try and form a government.
- His only path to form such a government is if he can convince the party. The radical “Zionist”, composed of Jews of Islam and Islam, sat together in the same alliance with the Islamic Party, which was an offshoot of. Muslim Brotherhood Movement
- If Netanyahu fails to form a government, the Knesset will have 21 days to try and form a new government. If that fails, Israel will run for the fifth election in September.