Netanyahu Fails To Form Government For Third Time

The Jerusalem Post reports:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a government for the third time in two years, as his mandate from President Reuven Rivlin ended on Tuesday night. Netanyahu had until midnight to ask Rivlin for an extension.

Instead he released a statement three minutes before the deadline blaming Yamina leader Naftali Bennett.

“Due to Bennett’s refusal to promise to only form a government with the Right, which would have definitely led to the formation of a government with additional MKs joining, the prime minister has returned the mandate to the president,” the statement said.

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