Israel is again heading for early parliamentary elections because Avigdor Lieberman, whose right-wing party plays an important role in coalition formation, does not want to support any prime minister candidate. The politician announced his decision on Wednesday.

Benny Gantz of the center party Kahol Lavan therefore does not seem to succeed in forming a coalition within the legally determined period of 21 days. His deadline expires at midnight.

The two largest parties, Kahol Lavan and Likud of incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, both won over 30 seats in the early parliamentary elections in September. However, the parliament in Israel has 120 seats.

Kahol Lavan and Likud can work with smaller parties, but for a majority they depend on Lieberman's party Yisrael Beiteinu (eight seats). Netanyahu was the first to form a coalition after the elections, but was unable to persuade his former Justice Minister to become part of his new government.

If Gantz does not know how to form a coalition on Wednesday, one more politician may try. That person also has 21 days to talk to potential coalition partners. However, since all compositions have already been discussed, new elections are more likely.


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