Israel’s presidential palace said in a statement in the early hours of May 5, local time, the current prime minister, the leader of the right-wing Likud party Likud group Netanyahu failed to successfully form a government before the midnight deadline on the 4th.
The statement said that Netanyahu has returned the right to form a cabinet to Israeli President Rivlin, Rivlin 5 will be on the formation of a new government to contact all parties in parliament.
Under Israeli law, Rivlin could authorize the leader of another party in parliament to form a government after Netanyahu’s failed cabinet. If the new cabinet is unable to form a government on schedule, Mr Rivlin will hand over the power to form a cabinet directly to parliament. Any member of Parliament who can obtain the recommendation of at least 61 members within 21 days can be given the right to form a government, otherwise parliament will automatically dissolve and parliamentary elections will be held again.
Israel held parliamentary elections on 23 March, the country’s fourth in two years. On April 6th Mr Rivlin formally authorized Mr Netanyahu to form a new government.
The Knesset is unicameral. By law, political parties with more than half of the seats in Parliament may form a separate government. There has never been a single party forming a government in Israel’s history because of the presence of small and medium-sized parties.