Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving chief, stated in a video clip during which he urged Gantz, the nation's former navy chief, to fulfill him "as soon as today", that he had pledged in the course of the election marketing campaign to kind a right-wing, Likud-led authorities.
The results mean that neither Likud nor Blue and White, with its smaller respective allies, could control a majority in the 120-seat parliament. The prime minister designate gets six weeks to form a government. "They should act in the best interests of the country and the people of Israel and not out of politics", Gadi Yevarkan, a Blue & White MP, told the Sunday Telegraph. This played perfectly into the hands of former Defense Minister Lieberman, whose campaign was built around ending religious coercion. Blue and White refuses to sit with Netanyahu, given the fact that Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has recommended that the prime minister be indicted on several counts of corruption charges.
Avigdor Lieberman, the so-called kingmaker, whose Yisrael Beiteinu party now has the swing vote with eight seats, has reiterated his support for a "broad liberal unity government", which would include Yisrael Beiteinu, Likud and Kahol Lavan.
Netanyahu was scheduled to speak on September 26, the third and final day of the Assembly. In Ayalon's opinion, if given the right opportunity based on the unsettled political landscape, Lieberman could easily change his mind and join with Netanyahu or Gantz to pave the way for a government majority.
Barak did not mention the ostensibly simplest coalition, a union of the two biggest vote getters, because Gantz has ruled out serving with Netanyahu, who faces indictments on several corruption charges after a judicial hearing on October 2.
It is unclear who will lead Israel after the elections held earlier this week. There are no glaring differences between his Blue & White party and the Likud when it comes to economic and domestic policy (other than Netanyahu pandering to the ultra-orthodox).
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"I hear, loud and clear, the voices calling for a broad and stable national unity government", he said at the memorial, held to mark the third anniversary of the death of veteran statesman Shimon Peres.
The next step in the battle to lead Israel will be for President Reuven Rivlin to designate one candidate to try to assemble a coalition government.
One factor that would complicate building such a government, however, is that Likud and the other right-wing and religious parties backing Netanyahu have signed an agreement that they will not enter a coalition without each other.
"We can not and have no reason to go to a third election".
The Central Election Committee (CEC) announced around 1:30 a.m. Friday the "almost final" results of the elections.
Increased turnout by Israel's 21-percent Arab minority saw the Arab-dominated Joint List coalition grouping win 13 seats, making it the third largest grouping. "Blue and White's desire for a unity government under their terms will not work". The law was backed by Netanyahu's ultra-Orthodox supporters, and when Netanyahu 65 seats in the April elections, it seemed his political future was secure.
On Wednesday, Netanyahu's office said he will not be participating in the 2019 UNGA, citing the pertaining "political circumstances", but didn't further elaborated, according to The Times of Israel.