Netanyahu can not form a government and returns mandate

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not succeeded in forming a government within the prescribed deadline. He therefore gives the mandate to form a government back to President Reuven Rivlin, says a spokesman for Netanyahu.

The country‘s longest-seated leader has failed to break the political impasse of more than two years. The political contradictions and the mistrust in the Prime Minister are great. Nor is there any guarantee that opposition parties will succeed in bridging their political differences in order to form a new government.

President Rivlin will now hand over the task of forming a new coalition to another Member of Parliament, who will have 28 days to do so. It is expected to be Yair Lapid (57), whose centrist party Yesh Atid took second behind Netanyahu’s Likud in the 23 March elections.

If it is not possible to form a new government, new elections will have to be held. In this case, Israeli residents have to go to the polls for the fifth time in more than two years.