Benjamin Netanyahu’s formation of a new Israeli government expired early Wednesday, and the country’s longest-serving prime minister was unable to break the political impasse for more than two years.
Nor was there any guarantee that conservative incumbents could fill their differences and leave him after his failure to form a new coalition.
Netanyahu, 71, has been in office since 2009 and worked for three years in the 1990s.
He has been fighting to steer through four uncertain elections since 2019 and has been tried on charges of criminal corruption he denied.
The midnight deadline has passed, and President Reuven Rivlin can assign the task of building a coalition to another member of parliament. It is widely expected to be Yair Rapid, 57, of the Yesh Atid party, a centrist politician after Netanyahu’s Likud in a vote on March 23.
Netanyahu’s right wing and the Jewish religious party block failed to win a majority, as did the camps aimed at expelling him.
Both sides are seeking the support of a political party that represents about 20% of Israel’s Arab minority and may speak over the cabinet for the first time in decades.
Naftali Bennett, the leader of the ultra-nationalist Yamina Party, has emerged as a kingmaker.
49-year-old Benjamin wants to join Netanyahu, but as Israel resumes its economy following the rapid deployment of COVID-19 vaccination and tackles the challenges of Iran’s nuclear program, 5 He said he would seek partnerships with the prime minister’s opponents to avoid the second election.
A rotation agreement in which Bennett and Rapid are replaced as prime ministers is also widely discussed.
Many of the deadlocks are due to Netanyahu’s legal issues. Some future allies have promised not to serve under the prime minister being tried.
If a new candidate nominated by Librin fails to form a coalition within 28 days, the president can ask Congress to agree with the candidate within three weeks. If that is not possible, Israel will hold another election.
“We are 60% heading for another election and 40% heading for the new government,” Kan public radio political correspondent Yoav Krakovsky predicted in a morning broadcast.
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