In a move that has put Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s political career into jeopardy as he failed to form a government yet again.
The mandate given by President Reuven Rivlin to Netanyahu to form a government expired on Tuesday at midnight with no breakthrough in coalition talks. It is for the third time in two years that Netanyahu, 71, has failed to form a government. He had been trying for the past 28 days to build a coalition after the fourth inconclusive general election in two years.Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party is by far the largest on Israel’s fractured political scene. Likud had won 30 seats in the general election in March, but Netanyahu could not muster enough coalition partners to command a majority of at least 61 seats in the 120-member Knesset, the Israeli parliament.