Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday tasked current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the task of forming the next government after signing the letter of appointment that entrusts Benjamin Netanyahu with the task of forming the government, as stipulated in Basic Law: The Government (2001).
Once the president has entrusted a Knesset member with the task of forming a government, that candidate has 28 days to do so, according to Basic Law: The Government (2001). If required, the president is authorized to grant an extension of up to 14 additional days to the candidate.
“In democracy, the majority decides. In these elections, the majority spoke,” Rivlin said.
“After consultations with the Chairman of the Central Elections Committee, Deputy Supreme Court President Melcer, I began consultations with representatives of the parties even before the publication of the official and final results. We certainly took into account the possibility that there would be changes in the allocation of seats, but the overall picture is clear. After speaking representatives of all the parties elected to the Knesset, which were for the first time open and transparent to the public, I hereby declare that 65 members of Knesset recommended that Prime Minister and Member of the Knesset Benjamin Netanyahu be the person entrusted with forming the government.”
This will be the fifth time that Netanyahu will put together a coalition.