Israel’s President has asked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to try to form a new government after last week’s deadlocked elections.
President Reuven Rivlin yesterday mandated the task to Netanyahu after his initial attempts at negotiating a unity deal between the Prime Minister and his main challenger Benny Gantz failed.
Netanyahu will now have 28 days to form a government, with a possible two-week extension. If all attempts fail, Rivlin can assign the task to someone else.
Netanyahu received the endorsement of 55 members of Parliament for the post of Prime Minister after the election, while Gantz received 54.
The relationship between India and Israel had reached greater heights when PM Modi came to power. Both the leaders exchange warm friendship which has also resulted in the signing of major deals, especially in the defence sector.
A second term for Netanyahu is considered to be beneficial for India for further improving bilateral relationships.