On 5 May, the PM is supposed to return the mandate to Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, if he fails to form a coalition by then. The head of state can then decide to task another candidate with the challenge. But as the anti-Netanyahu camp is struggling to come to terms with one another, the prospect of yet another general vote looms large.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has less than one week until the mandate given to him to form a government expires.
The way it stands now, Israel’s longest-serving PM is unlikely to form a coalition and Israeli media outlets project that once the prime minister’s mandate ends, it will be given to either the head of the opposition, Yair Lapid or Naftali Bennett, the leader of the hawkish party Yamina. The latter received seven out of 120 seats in the Israeli parliament.