Recently Israeli President, Reuven Rivlin, issued a mandate for current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to try and form the Government. Benjamin has been given 28 days to form the new government.
Election in Israel
In March 2021, Israel conducted a nationwide elections. This is the 4th election in 2-years. However, the election results ended with no majority. Neither Netanyahu nor his opponent Benny Gantz secured the required majority to form the government. However, in consultations with the political parties, Benjamin Netanyahu received more endorsements and thus the president has invited him to try and form the new government.
The 35th or Former Government of Israel was sworn in on 17th May 2020. It was originally to be established following the April 2019 election. However, Knesset (Unicameral National Legislature of Israel) dissolved by itself as none could form a majority Government. Following this a 3rd election was held in the year 2020. After this election, Netanyahu and Gantz finally reached on an agreement to form a national unity Government. A National Unity Government is a coalition government that consists of all parties in the legislature. However, this government was dissolved in December 2020. Thus, Israel went for elections again in the 2021.
About Benjamin Netanyahu
Brother of Yonatan Netanyahu, Benjamin Netanyahu served as the Prime Minister of Israel from 1996 to 1999. Also, he served as the PM since 2009. During his 4th term as Prime Minister of Israel, that is, in the year 2017, the police investigation on Netanyahu began. He was investigated in two cases namely Case 1000 and Case 2000. He was charged of crimes involving fraud, bribes and breach of trust in both the cases. In the year 2018, he was charged of corruption. Some critics consider this as the major cause of 2019-2021 Israeli political crisis that began after April 2019 elections.
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