All Israel

Israeli president begins talks with parties to determine who should get tasked to form a coalition

Though all parties will be heard, with a large right-wing bloc, Netanyahu is expected to get the mandate by Sunday

Israeli President Isaac Herzog receives the official results of the elections to the Twenty-Fifth Knesset, Nov. 9, 2022 (Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO

Israeli President Isaac Herzog on Wednesday began negotiations with the winning parties of the 25th Knesset to determine who should get the mandate to become prime minister.

Herzog has a week to announce the Knesset member he has selected to form Israel’s next 120-member parliament.

Over the next seven days, Herzog will meet with representatives of all the Knesset factions to hear their recommendations. According to Israel’s Basic Law, after the president has assigned the task of forming a government to his choice candidate, the selected MK will have 28 days to complete the task. If the candidate requires more time, the president is authorized to grant them up to 14 additional days. 

The Likud party, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, has 32 Knesset seats, making it the most likely to be selected to form Israel’s next government. 

Likud party chairman MK Benjamin Netanyahu seen after coalition talks at a hotel in Jerusalem, Nov. 6, 2022. (Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Netanyahu holds a definite right-wing bloc with his traditional partners, ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism. It is expected that Netanyahu will also have the support of Religious Zionism, with its substantial contribution of 14 seats, securing him a clear majority.

Netanyahu already controls as many as 65 seats, with the backing of only four parties. It is unlikely that he will require more than the initial 28-day allocation to form his government. 

If no party is able to form a majority coalition, a majority of members of Knesset are entitled to ask the president, in writing, to assign the task of forming a government to a particular member of Knesset; the candidate then must agree to it in writing, within 21 days.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

All Israel
Receive latest news & updates
    A message from All Israel News
    Help us educate Christians on a daily basis about what is happening in Israel & the Middle East and why it matters.
    For as little as $5, you can support ALL ISRAEL NEWS, a non-profit media organization that is supported by readers like you.
    Donate to ALL ISRAEL NEWS
    Popular Articles
    Latest Stories