November 19, 2019

Will Gantz's Mandate Lead Back to Bibi?

“History has been made in Israel as, for the first time in a decade, someone other than Benjamin Netanyahu will be tasked with forming a government. Sort of.

On Wednesday, President Reuven Rivlin gave the coveted mandate to challenger Benny Gantz, leader of the Blue and White party, after Netanyahu and his Likud party failed to form a government for the second time after elections held just six months apart.

The only problem for Gantz is that his base of support in the newly elected Knesset is even smaller than Netanyahu’s core of 55 Knesset member supporters. Prior to Netanyahu receiving the first crack at forming a government, Gantz received 54 recommendations for the top job. Yet the total was fool’s math: 10 of the recommendations came from Arab Knesset members who wished to see Netanyahu’s reign end, but who also pledged not to join a Gantz-led government even as they recommended him for the top job.

That leaves Gantz’s left-wing base with only 44 seats – well behind Netanyahu in the race to 61 seats and a Knesset majority. So while Gantz will now have 28 days to try to form a government and officially replace Netanyahu, he is unlikely to do so.”

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