Netanyahu nominated to form next Israeli government

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Jewish President Reuven Rivlin nominated Jewish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to try forming Israel's next government, according to the New York Times.

Rivlin's decision Wednesday comes after a Sept. 17 election ended in a virtual tie between Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, with neither acquiring enough votes to win by simple majority.

After the indecisive election, Rivlin urged the two leaders to create a broad unity government that included both Netanyahu's conservative Likud party and Gant'z centrist Blue and White party. The two parties convened Tuesday, but were unable to come to an agreement.

Netanyahu must secure 61 seats in Parliament in 28 days to succeed, a task that he failed to do in May which led to the September election. The parties that have endorsed the Israeli leader hold 55 seats, according to The Times.

A key decider in whether Israel's longest-serving Prime Minister will be able to form a government in time is nationalist Avigdor Liberman, who won eight seats in the special election.

Netanyahu nominated to try forming Israel's next government
 
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The guy is not going away, now is he ?
Wasn't there news that the arab league for the first time in decades gave a recommendation, and that one was AGAINS Netanyahu to be the one tasked to form the government ? and didn't the other guy got one or two more seats for his party than Netanyahu ?
So why AGAIN Netanyahu.. WHY ???
 
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The guy is not going away, now is he ?
Wasn't there news that the arab league for the first time in decades gave a recommendation, and that one was AGAINS Netanyahu to be the one tasked to form the government ? and didn't the other guy got one or two more seats for his party than Netanyahu ?
So why AGAIN Netanyahu.. WHY ???
I think that was earlier. Last I saw Netanyahu now leads.

Balad votes won’t count for Gantz, putting Netanyahu in lead
 
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It's unlikely that Bibi will be able to form a government. He has less support now than he did in his last attempt.
 

Ian Jeffrey

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The guy is not going away, now is he ?
Wasn't there news that the arab league for the first time in decades gave a recommendation, and that one was AGAINS Netanyahu to be the one tasked to form the government ? and didn't the other guy got one or two more seats for his party than Netanyahu ?
So why AGAIN Netanyahu.. WHY ???
The issue is that no party won a majority of seats in the election. Thus, it does not matter who got the most seats - i.e., a plurality - but rather who can form a coalition equal to a majority of seats. The President (Rivlin) gets to decide who makes the attempt. If Netanyahu cannot do so - and he may very well not be able to, on account of Liberman - then it might be someone else's turn.

Parliamentary systems work very differently from presidential systems. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.
 

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The guy is not going away, now is he ?
Wasn't there news that the arab league for the first time in decades gave a recommendation, and that one was AGAINS Netanyahu to be the one tasked to form the government ? and didn't the other guy got one or two more seats for his party than Netanyahu ?
So why AGAIN Netanyahu.. WHY ???
Compromat?