Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibee) Netanyahu MORE It was tapped on Tuesday to try to unite the ruling coalition as lawmakers look to avoid an unprecedented fifth election in two years.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who mostly served as puppet president, said he believed Netanyahu had the best chance of gathering a coalition that would dominate the country̵7;s parliament.
Netanyahu’s Likud party scored 30 seats in the latest election, which, along with the right-wing and ultra-orthodox allies, has 52 seats, meaning the prime minister oversaw the group that earned the most seats earlier. Last month, though, he still had 61 less seats to create a 120-seat Knesset.
“I made a decision based on a number of recommendations indicating that MK Benjamin Netanyahu has a slightly higher chance of forming a government. So I decided to entrust him to this role, ”Riflin said in his announcement.
“This is not an easy decision to make on a moral and ethical basis in my opinion …[T]The state of Israel should not be overlooked. And I am afraid of my country, ”he added,“ but I am doing what I want as the President of the State of Israel according to the law and court rulings and recognize the will of the sovereignty – the Israeli people. ”
I made a decision based on a number of recommendations, indicating that MK Benjamin Netanyahu had a slightly higher chance of forming a government. So I decided to entrust him to do so.
– Reuven Rivlin (@PresidentRuvi) April 6, 2021
Rivlin’s decision gave Netanyahu 28 days to try and assemble a coalition that would gather the necessary seats to dominate the Knesset majority, with the possibility of his efforts stretching for another 14 days if. Netanyahu has failed.Rivlin could tap other people to try to form a government.
Riflin’s move to tap Netanyahu comes a day after the president met with representatives of all 13 sides who won seats in the Knesset to get advice on who should form a coalition.
The March election was the fourth election to come in two years after repeated efforts to secure a 61-seat coalition government, an unprecedented step that underscores political divisions across the country.
Netanyahu has vowed to form a “full-fledged right-wing government” despite struggling to gain unanimous support from a small number of right-wing parties. He also had to follow the tendency of convincing another far-right party to join him in a coalition, including the small Arab Party of Islam.
The 90 seats that Likud did not win were divided among the parties, with centrist Yesh Atid taking the second-most seats on March 17, but Netanyahu’s central and liberal opponents remained too decisive. To form a united front in Likud’s competitors.
“The president has fulfilled his duties and he has no choice,” said Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid after Rivlin’s announcement. Our position as a law abiding state “
The next few weeks will be important for Netanyahu as he grapples with corruption charges against him. The remaining power could help Netanyahu overcome charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery in three separate cases.
Netanyahu did not plead guilty to all charges and said the case against him was a “witch hunt”.