President Reuven Rivlin is likely to tap Yesh Atid President Yair Lapid to form a next government if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fails to do so by Tuesday’s return deadline. But it is likely not to consider offering to leader Yamina Naftali Bennett.
Netanyahu was given the first opportunity to jointly form a government on April 6 after being advised of Lapid’s 52-joint 45.
Riflin, who as Israel’s president was tasked with ordering lawmakers to form a government, can give Netanyahu an extension after the 28-day expiration of Tuesday night, hand over power to another lawmaker or send it over. To Knesset for a period of 21days, after which the fifth election will be called automatically if no one can form a government.
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The president wants a second option, according to Hebrew media reports on Monday, and is scheduled to hand over Lapid’s regime power, as he is given the second most advice when Riplin consulted. With representatives of the party after March 23
Riflin was also able to offer Bennette the opportunity to set up a government. But reports, citing senior political sources, said the president was unlikely to take the route. Although Netanyahu and most right-wing lawmakers chose to change their recommendations to Riflin in favor of Bennett, the president was not expected to transfer power to the Yamina chair.
Because much of the move will be seen as an attempt to extend Netanyahu to form a government after he failed to do so in the past month, a high-profile political figure who spoke with Rivlin. Tell it to Channel 12 and Ha’aretz.
Moreover, it will refute the initial recommendations by the parties after the election, which is not meant to change.
“There is no reason not to delegate power to Lapid unless Bennett publicly declares that he has no interest in the government that is not responsible for the government. “Change”, “a senior political source told Haaretz, referring to the wanted anti-Netanyahu coalition. Repel the Licud leader
While Bennett insisted he wanted to join the right-wing government. But he noted again on Monday that Netanyahu lacked a vote to form a coalition and said Yamina was in talks with Lapid to form a unified government as an alternative.
“Riflin would not let go of the political ploy that Netanyahu would advise Bennett only to secure the prospect of an in-office prime minister to send Israel back to elections. If the situation in Netanyahu establishing a right-wing government is possible, a government will be established, ”the source added.
Officials told Haaretz it was unlikely Rivlin would send the matter to Knesset to make a decision, as this would likely result in Israel entering a fifth election in nearly two years.
If the mandate falls to the Knesset majority, at least 61 out of 120 MKs will have to vote approving one lawmaker to form the next government, and “there is no chance that one lawmaker will be able to form the next government.” (Arab majority) Joint List and Ra’am side will sign Bennett’s appointment, ”the source said.
With less than two days left for him to form a government, Netanyahu said on Monday he was ready to step out of prime minister and let Bennett take over as prime minister first in a revolving deal, which. It was an offer that Bennett immediately dismissed, which said in response. Netanyahu had no vote.
Meanwhile, opposition leader Lapid said he expected Riflin to delegate him to form a government “if nothing surprising happened” before Tuesday night. But he is willing to have Bennett as prime minister as the first in a rotation agreement between them.
Meanwhile, Channel 13 reported Monday night that Lapid proposed Bennett to be the first Prime Minister in a two-year power-sharing agreement, three months after which Bennett would be appointed foreign minister and Lapid would serve as prime minister.
Lapid also promised a senior portfolio for Yamina’s Ayelet Shaked (either internal or public security) and two or three additional portfolios for members of the seven MK right-wing parties if the government was formed.
Lapid is also willing to put Bennett’s right-wing group in the power to veto a future united front.
Netanyahu, on the other hand, proposed Bennett to be the first prime minister in a revolving deal. But only one year Senior contributions for Shaked; And Yamina will finally be merged with Likud in future electoral contests.
Although Yamina only won seven seats in the March elections, Bennett became a potential and king.
The fourth last election since April 2019 ended in a shutdown, with Netanyahu’s right-wing religious group missing another majority in rule, partly because three right-wing parties run with Goals that will change him