Israel’s Netanyahu has hours to form a new government and no clear path to do it

SourceMiddle East
SectorEconomy
CountryMiddle east

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a Tuesday deadline to form a new government amid signs that he has no path to a parliamentary majority, which would prolong the country’s unprecedented political stalemate and threaten to end the record run of Israel’s longest-serving leader.

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Netanyahu’s 28-day window to build a government after failing to win an outright majority in March elections will expire at midnight. If the prime minister fails to reach a deal with potential partners, President Reuven Rivlin will turn to one of his rival lawmakers, who are already trying to negotiate the first coalition to exclude Netanyahu in 12 years.

Not even a frenzy of last-minute proposals — including an offer Monday that he would let one of his rivals take the top job for one year — have managed to attract the support Netanyahu needs in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.

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