Third of a year of elections in Israel again brought the Likud of incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the required majority in the Knesset to form a government
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the Third year of the elections in Israel again brought the Likud of incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the required majority in the Knesset to form a government. After counting 99% of the vote, Likud has 36 seats, and generally right-wing coalition can take 58 seats with the necessary 61 (of the 120 Knesset seats). The opposition bloc “Kajol Laban” led benny Ganz 33 mandate and assembled his coalition can count a maximum of 55 seats.
Final election results will be published on Thursday. “In this situation, all that Netanyahu can do is to start looking for deserters – members of other parties, which must either be persuaded to change the ideology and opinions, or to promise them something very powerful – portfolios, for example,” explained the Russian service of the BBC, an Israeli political analyst tal Schneider. However, in recent years, this never worked.
“Kommersant” writes about three scenarios in addition to those mentioned, for example, to create a government of national unity from representatives of the “Likud” and “Kajol Laban,” in which the Prime Minister alternately would Netanyahu and Gantz. This varversion has been discussed after September elections, but the politicians are unable to agree on who will be the first.
the Third option is to create a national unity government without Netanyahu, who in March should stand trial on three criminal charges. Finally, the fourth and the most undesirable option – the fourth choice. The Israelis are so tired of the political impasse that the turnout for this election was 71%, which was not in 2015.
“the Country is in a terrible situation. Parliament was not functioning for a year – a whole year without reforms, no draft laws, no programs. There is no budget. This is disastrous for the internal politics and dangerous for our external security,” said tal Schneider. Fourth election, in his opinion, would be “a disaster”. However, Netanyahu even like that kind of situation, moreover, is a way to buy time in terms of the impending criminal case, the analyst believes.
Advice on government formation will begin after March 10. According to Israeli media, the country’s President Reuven Rivlin can go on an unprecedented step: to transfer the mandate to form a government, Netanyahu or the Ganz, and immediately to give a chance to any of the Knesset members to rally supporter 61.