Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided not to hold primaries in the party, just a day after announcing that he is considering such a move - which is estimated to prevent the possibility of a unity government led by another party candidate. Instead, they said in the Likud, it was decided to convene the party center to determine that Netanyahu will be the only candidate on her behalf for the prime minister, throughout the Knesset vote yesterday.
According to the Likud announcement, the party's center will be convened on Thursday next week to confirm this decision. The proposed resolution will also stipulate that the Likud will be the sole partner of the government that Netanyahu will preside over, whether for any term in office or part of the 22nd Knesset's presidency.
The goal of Netanyahu's move is to neutralize the ability of any other Knesset member to form a government in the last period of time, which will last 21 days and begin if both he and Blue White Chairman Benny Gantz fail to form a government. And a third election round - the mandate to form a government for any Knesset member to present to the president. Netanyahu fears that a move will then be made against him - in which MK from the Likud will seek to oust him and establish a unity government with blue and white.
In the political system, various sources have estimated that Netanyahu is now working in other political directions as well - first and foremost to make a commitment from the right-wing bloc that they will not form a government with any candidate, especially in the 21-day period at the end of the government assembly process. The right-wing parties told Netanyahu that they were with him, but had not yet officially signed such a document. Minister Aryeh Deri expressed such a commitment on Twitter, as did the chairman of the Jewish Home and Education Minister Rafi Peretz.
The elections are over and One thing is clear. Benjamin Netanyahu failed to get a majority of 61 Knesset members. Now waiting for the count of soldiers, envoys and prisoners whose voices were collected in double envelopes.
Blue and White wins 33 seats in the Knesset, while the Likud holds 32.
In addition to the increase in the number of blue-white and Likud mandates, the vote count update shows that Israel Beitinu is given eight seats - and not 9. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu still fails to reach 61 seats: The right-wing ultra-Orthodox bloc drops to 55 seats, A center that also has 55 seats.
Now the picture moves to the President's house. President Rabin is expected to try to persuade the party leaders to unite and form a unity government
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