Report: Rivlin To Ask Netanyahu, Gantz, To Form Unity Government

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(Gili Yaari, Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, whose task is to appoint the leader of the party most likely to form a coalition of 61 seats, is expected to ask Likud leader Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz to form a unity government, Maariv reported.

A senior source involved in the coalition agreements told Maariv that “there is a scenario being explored, in which before the President asks Netanyahu to form the government, he calls in the Prime Minister and Blue and White Chairman Benny Gantz, and offers them the option of forming a unity government.”

According to the source, the challenges Israel will face in the coming months are the motivation for forming unity government.

Rivlin is expected to begin meeting with party heads on Monday, asking who they recommend for premiership. Netanyahu is expected to receive the most support, leading Rivlin to task him with forming the next government.

Gantz and Lapid have both stated their refusal to work with Netanyahu, and promised to lead the opposition.

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