Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a government in Israel

File photo: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on April 13, 2021. Via Debbie Hill / Pool REUTERS

Acting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was unable to present a coalition government at midnight local time (21:59 GMT), and his term expired after the March 23 election. Has maintained a political siege in Israel for more than two years.

“Just before midnight, Netanyahu said he could not form a government for the president’s house (Reuven Rivlin), so he sent the order back to the president,” the president’s office said in a statement.

Netanyahu did not ask for an extra 14 days, so Over the next three days the Israeli president will issue an order to another candidate, namely Yesh Adid (there is a future) in the party’s center Yir Lapid or in the Israeli parliament (NECT).

A spokesman for the state president said Rivlin would contact 13 parties with seats in parliament on Wednesday to discuss the “continuation of the process of forming the government.”

File photo: Israeli President Reuven Rivlin talks with representatives of the Chase Party about who can form the next coalition government on April 5, 2021.  REUTERS / Amir Cohen
File photo: Israeli President Reuven Rivlin talks with representatives of the Chase Party about who can form the next coalition government on April 5, 2021. REUTERS / Amir Cohen

The current prime minister – who won the March 23 election, but without a parliamentary majority – received an order 28 days ago to try to form a coalition. After nearly a month he has not made significant progress or the support of 61 delegates in the 120 parliament, which is the minimum required for power.

Together with his party Likud, his radical Orthodox allies Shas and the Torah’s United Judaism and the far-right Zionist Party, he has only 52 seats, which is not enough, and the far-right Yamina formation, or the Islamic Party Ramn, is unable to attract potential allies to join a complex coalition.

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In the current situation, analysts and the media point out, Rivlin could offer the task of forming a government to the centrist. Yash Adid (Yir Lapid), who came in second in the election, also followed Netanyahu in his recommendations for a mandate in consultations between the president and political parties in early April.

File photo: Air Lapid in Tel Aviv on March 24, 2021.  REUTERS / Amir Cohen
File photo: Air Lapid in Tel Aviv on March 24, 2021. REUTERS / Amir Cohen

Lobid — who does not have a clear majority — heads to the “Change Block”, which is a combination Seven very different ideological systems They go from extreme right, center and left, but they are United in their opposition to Netanyahu.

However, radical differences seem to make it difficult to form an opposition coalition, as this will require the support of at least one Arab party and one or two far-right Zionist organizations.

Another possible scenario is that Rivlin does not give the mandate to any particular affiliation, but to the council, allowing any member of the Knesset to try to get a majority within 21 days.

If none of these alternatives work to remove Israel from political change, Your citizens will have to go to the polls again, For the fifth time in two and a half years.

With information from AFP, AP and EFE

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