Israel: Netanyahu charged with forming a government

After elections
:Israeli president orders Netanyahu to form a government

Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu

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Tel Aviv –

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has re-commissioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a government. Sixty-five of the 120 future parliamentarians recommended Netanyahu as the future head of government, as Rivlin wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. Netanyahu (69) now has up to six weeks to form a coalition. However, a crucial point in the coalition negotiations is a law to gradually oblige more strictly religious men to serve in the army.

Israel chose a new parliament last week. Netanyahu’s right-leaning Likud party scored 35 out of 120 seats in parliament, as did the opposition center coalition (blue-white) of former military chief Benny Gantz. However, the camp of right and religious parties has a majority.

Netanyahu also supported by ultra rights

So did the strict religious parties Shas and United Torah Judaism for Netanyahu as well as the ultra-right Israel Beitenu of Avigdor Lieberman and the union of right-wing parties. Even Minister of Finance Moshe Kachlon with the center party Kulanu supports Netanyahu.

The draft law was already a trigger for the government crisis last year, which had led to the early elections in April. Regular would have been elected only in November. Strictly religious parties strictly reject military service from strictly religious men. Lieberman, who was Minister of Defense until the end of last year, made the law conditional on government participation. (AP)