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Rivlin entrusts Yair Lapid with chance to form government

CM 05/05/2021


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President Reuven Rivlin announced Wednesday night that he is entrusting Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid with the second mandate to form a government, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s mandate ended Tuesday night without a coalition being formed. ‏
Lapid now has 28 days to build a coalition, which conclude on June 2. He has said he would form a government in which Yamina chairman Naftali Bennett goes first in a rotation with him in the Prime Minister’s Office.  
 
“The main consideration that Israeli presidents must weigh when arriving at the decision who to entrust with forming a government is who has the best chance of forming a government that will have the confidence of the new Knesset,” Rivlin said. “From the number of recommendations, it is clear that MK Yair Lapid could form a government that has the confidence of the Knesset, despite there being many difficulties,” he added.Lapid pledged to do everything to ensure that an Israeli unity government will be formed as soon as possible.”After two years of political paralysis, Israeli society is hurting,” he said. :A unity government isn’t a compromise or a last resort – it’s a goal, it’s what we need. We need a government that will reflect the fact that we don’t hate one another. A government in which left, right and center will work together to tackle the economic and security challenges we face. A government that will show that our differences are a source of strength, not weakness.”

Rivlin met with Lapid and Bennett at the President’s Residence earlier Wednesday. At his request, the rest of the party leaders submitted their recommendations for the second mandate. Lapid received recommendations from 56 MKs and Bennett from only his party’s seven MKs.
Sources in the Likud revealed that there had been contacts with Bennett about having the Likud and its satellite parties recommend him to form a government in return for a signed commitment to work for the establishment of a right wing government. The Likud blamed Bennett for not accepting the deal.Yamina chairman Naftali Bennett arrives at the President's Residence (Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)Yamina chairman Naftali Bennett arrives at the President’s Residence (Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
“Bennett has been playing both sides and no one can believe a word that comes out of his mouth,” a source in Likud said.   
Likud Shas, United Torah Judaism and the Religious Zionist Party instead sent Rivlin letters asking him to give the mandate to the Knesset and not to Lapid or Bennett. The Likud wrote in its letter that if the mandate would be given to the Knesset a government could be formed quickly and additional elections could be avoided. 
Responding to the Likud’s attacks on him, Bennett said Netanyahu failed to form a right-wing government. He said there are two options: Additional elections or forming what he called “a wide emergency government that can take the cart out of the mud.” 
He called on right-wing parties to join a unity government, saying “The public won’t forgive those who cause fifth elections.”
New Hope and five of the six MKs of the Joint List endorsed Lapid this time after not endorsing any candidate for the first mandate. New Hope leader Gideon Sa’ar said it was the right step on the path to a unity government.
In a letter which was sent by Joint List representatives to the president, the party wrote that “When choosing between entrusting MK Naftali Bennet with forming a government, returning the mandate to the Knesset and entrusting MK Yair Lapid with the mandate, the majority of Joint List prefers that MK Yair Lapid be given the mandate.”Opposition leader and Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid arrives at the President's Residence (Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)Opposition leader and Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid arrives at the President’s Residence (Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
The Joint List added that it “does not support a government headed by MK Naftali Bennett, and will continue in contacts with MK Yair Lapid.” The Hadash and Ta’al Parties of the Joint List supported the decision while Balad opposed all facets of it.
Mansour Abbas’ Ra’am (United Arab List) made no recommendation to Rivlin, though it said in a statement after the decision that it would cooperate “positively” with whichever party receives the mandate.
Likud faction chairman Miki Zohar said he still hoped a right-wing government could be formed.
“To all those exulting over us returning the mandate, we are not worried, even if the path back could be long.”
He warned Bennett, Sa’ar and Religious Zionist Party head Bezalel Smotrich that the public would punish them for preventing Netanyahu from forming a government.
“The people of Israel will not vote again for those who hung [Netanyahu],” Zohar wrote on Twitter.
Idan Zonshine contributed to this report.
 Mansour Abbas’ Ra’am (United Arab List) made no recommendation to Rivlin, though it said in a statement after the decision that it would cooperate “positively” with whichever party receives the mandate.Likud faction chairman Miki Zohar said he still hoped a right-wing government could be formed.”To all those exulting over us returning the mandate, we are not worried, even if the path back could be long.”He warned Bennett, Sa’ar and Religious Zionist Party head Bezalel Smotrich that the public would punish them for preventing Netanyahu from forming a government.”The people of Israel will not vote again for those who hung [Netanyahu],” Zohar wrote on Twitter. Idan Zonshine contributed to this report. 

Source: Jerusalem Post

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