The opponents of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have decided to forget the differences for a while and jointly form a new government in Israel.

Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing alliance Jamina, confirmed in Jerusalem that he will do everything in his power to form a coalition with Jair Lapid, the leader of the center party Yesh Atid (Future Party).

Current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a government within the set four-week deadline in early May after narrowly winning elections.

The country's longest-serving leader returned the mandate to form a government to President Reuven Rivlin.

Lapid was then instructed to form a government.

Bennett's Yamina party was in a key position to help a coalition gain a majority.

49-year-old Bennett, former party colleague of Netanyahu and ex-defense minister, and Lapid will replace each other as prime minister, according to Israeli media.

The first two years are for Bennett, who said on Sunday that it has now become clear that an all-right cabinet is currently impossible.

The only options are therefore new elections, the fifth in two years, or a government of unity with Lapid.

Cabinet agreement would be ready just before deadline

The Israelis will have to go to the polls again under the law if a government coalition does not get off the ground by Thursday.

According to media, a cabinet agreement will be reached on Monday with the cooperation of Bennett and Israel can continue with a new fragile coalition just before the deadline (23:00 Dutch time on Wednesday).

Lapid's Future Party became the country's second-largest party behind the right-wing party Likud, led by Netanyahu, in the March 23 election.

But in the fragmented politics, the second party held only 17 of the 120 seats in parliament.

Lapid therefore made agreements with the Labor Party, the left-liberal Meretz and the nationalist Yisrael Beitenu (Israel Ons Thuis).

He hopes to keep a minority government afloat with the support of a series of parties.

He also thinks that the ten Arab parliamentarians would be prepared to provide support under certain conditions.

Netanyahu has been the prime minister for some time and has formed a series of coalitions, especially with highly orthodox Jewish parties. He was prime minister from 1996 to 1999 and has been since 2009. No Israeli prime minister has been at the helm for that long. His position came under pressure, among other things, because Netanyahu is embroiled in a number of corruption cases.

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