One of the important thing figures Netanyahu wants to get onboard is former Defense 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 provide included Bennett going first in the rotation.
But even when he alters his thoughts over the course of the day, that also wouldn’t be sufficient for Netanyahu to take pleasure in a majority in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.
For that to occur, the Israeli chief both wants to win over two extra lawmakers from events presently pledged to oppose him, or in some way discover a manner for his allies in the extreme-right Religious Zionist Party to settle for becoming a member of a government that might be supported by the United Arab List, an Islamist occasion led by Mansour Abbas, one thing they’ve to date dominated out.
If there isn’t any breakthrough by midnight (5 p.m. ET) Netanyahu can ask President Reuven Rivlin for two extra weeks’ negotiating time.
Even although it’s customary for the President to grant such a request, Rivlin has indicated his frustrations with proceedings because the ballot on March 23 — the nation’s fourth election in two years — so the Prime Minister will know he can not take such an extension for granted.
Instead, Rivlin may determine to ask Yair Lapid to attempt to type a government.
Lapid’s centrist Yesh Atid occasion got here second behind Netanyahu’s Likud in the election, and the previous TV information anchor has been exhausting at work during the last 4 weeks making an attempt to assemble his personal coalition of allies.
Like Netanyahu, Lapid has additionally provided Bennett the prospect to go first in a rotating Premiership that might lead a government made up of a broad array of events from the far-right to the left.