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Drama in Israel: Netanyahu tasked with composing next government

New Hope leader Gideon Saar decided not to recommend a candidate for composing the next government, thus opening the way for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take the first crack at the mission.
Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu greets supporters as he speaks at a Likud party gathering after a vote event, Jerusalem, March 24, 2021.

Israel is experiencing one dramatic day after another. Yesterday, April 5, President Reuven Rivlin consulted with representatives of the different parties over the best candidate to form a majority government. On the morning of April 6, Rivlin announced he had made up his mind, offering Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a first go at the task. 

While still short of a Capitol-style storming of the Supreme Court or Knesset ramparts, the fast-moving developments April 5, one of Israel's most dramatic days ever, appeared to set the stage for a similar event to the Jan. 6 assault on Congress. For Netanyahu, April 5 was one of the most challenging, exhausting days in his 12 consecutive years as prime minister.

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