Why the Israeli President Denied Benny Gantz’s Request for More Time to Form a Government

Under most circumstances, the role of Israel’s president is largely symbolic, but the inconclusive results of the most recent election give him a fair amount of discretion in overseeing the selection of a new prime minister. Yesterday, President Reuven Rivlin exercised this discretion when he denied the opposition leader Benny Gantz’s request for a two-week extension of the deadline for negotiating with the other parties to form a government. Rivlin did not, however, choose to give the incumbent prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu a chance to take the lead in cobbling together a coalition. Instead, as of midnight tonight, it is now up to the Knesset as a whole to decide who will be the next prime minister. Gil Hoffman explains Rivlin’s reasoning:

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Gantz, Israeli Election 2020, Israeli politics, Reuven Rivlin

Thoughts on Yitzhak Rabin’s Assassination, a Quarter-Century On

On the Jewish calendar, today is the 25th anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzḥak Rabin’s assassination at the hands of a fellow Jewish Israeli. Rabin, after a long and impressive career in the military and in politics, had not long beforehand signed the Oslo Accords, and was murdered by a zealous opponent of that decision. Reflecting on the occasion, David Horovitz writes:

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More about: Israeli politics, Oslo Accords, Yitzhak Rabin