One of many key figures Netanyahu must get onboard is former Protection Minister Naftali Bennett of the right-wing Yamina occasion.
Bennett appeared to reject a proposal by Netanyahu to rotate the Premiership on Monday, though the supply included Bennett going first within the rotation.
However even when he modifies his thoughts over the course of the day, that also wouldn’t be sufficient for Netanyahu to take pleasure in a majority within the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.
For that to occur, the Israeli chief both must win over two extra lawmakers from events at present pledged to oppose him, or someway discover a means for his allies within the extreme-right Spiritual Zionist Social gathering to just accept becoming a member of a authorities that may be supported by the United Arab Record, an Islamist occasion led by Mansour Abbas, one thing they’ve so far dominated out.
If there is no such thing as a breakthrough by midnight (5 p.m. ET) Netanyahu can ask President Reuven Rivlin for 2 extra weeks’ negotiating time.
Though it’s customary for the President to grant such a request, Rivlin has indicated his frustrations with proceedings for the reason that ballot on March 23 — the nation’s fourth election in two years — so the Prime Minister will know he can’t take such an extension as a right.
As a substitute, Rivlin may determine to ask Yair Lapid to attempt to type a authorities.
Lapid’s centrist Yesh Atid occasion got here second behind Netanyahu’s Likud within the election, and the previous TV information anchor has been laborious at work over the past 4 weeks attempting to assemble his personal coalition of allies.
Like Netanyahu, Lapid has additionally supplied Bennett the prospect to go first in a rotating Premiership that may lead a authorities made up of a broad array of events from the far-right to the left.