Benjamin Netanyahu failing to form coalition government; Israel may face election

Israel may soon hold national election as formation of a coalition government is still in a struggling phase by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The deadline for his effort is Wednesday.

The Israeli parliament passed a preliminary motion on Monday to dissolve itself and the bill is awaited for approval in a vote on Wednesday.

If approved, the country will go into elections again. People voted for the new government on April 9.

Wednesday’s 21:00 GMT is the deadline for Netanyahu delegated by President Reuven Rivlin.

Netanyahu heads the right-wing Likud party and following the last election he said in a televised address that he would continue pursuing coalition talks as new vote would be costly and unnecessary.

He added, “A lot can be done in 48 hours… The voters’ wishes can be respected, a strong right-wing government can be formed.”

Netanyahu had been in power for past one decade and currently facing potential corruption indictments. He has denied any wrongdoing.

He is struggling striking a deal with right-wing, far-right and ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties to the form the government.

If he succeeds sealing an agreement with the parties, it will be his fifth term.

United States President Donald Trump said, “Hoping things will work out with Israel’s coalition formation and Bibi and I can continue to make the alliance between America and Israel stronger than ever.”

Paul Linus