former army chief Benny Gantz charged with forming a government

After the abandonment of Benyamin Netanyahu, Mr. Gantz has twenty-eight days to carry out this task, which looks already difficult.

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Benny Gantz and Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem on 23 October. Sebastian Scheiner / AP

Political parties will have to make "Concessions", has warned Reuven Rivlin. The Israeli president told Wednesday evening, October 23, former army chief Benny Gantz the mission to form a government to leave the country of the longest political impasse in its history. Mr. Gantz promised on Wednesday "To try to form a Liberal Union Government".

On Monday evening, Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu had given up forming a government after the legislative elections on September 17, the results of which were very tight. Mr Gantz, like his predecessor, has twenty-eight days to carry out this task, which looks set to be difficult. Because, after the elections, MM. Netanyahu and Gantz respectively won the support of 55 and 54 elected to lead the next government, but without reaching the threshold of 61 deputies allowing them to form a majority union.

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Analysts say Gantz may also fail to form a unity government. In this case, President Rivlin could ask a majority of MPs to nominate a candidate. He has said repeatedly that he will do his utmost to avoid further elections – which would be the third since April – but the continuation of the political stalemate could make them inevitable.


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