Party leaders from Israel’s right-wing bloc have declined to sign a petition drafted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netnayahu’s Likud party as they seek a 14-day extension to put together a coalition government.
Israel’s Likud party is racing to gather signatures from lawmakers in a bid to earn another chance at forming the next government, after kingmaker Avigdor Liberman said he would pledge support for both incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the rivaling Blue & White leader, Benny Gantz.
Since Likud had already garnered support from 55 parliament members in the election, Liberman’s eight could potentially lift Netanyahu over the 61-signature mark. Gantz’s party would need the support of Arab lawmakers in order to reach the 61-majority coalition.
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