Israel's President Reuven Rivlin will host party representatives at his residence on Monday to hear their recommendations for who should be the next prime minister. In one of the president's only non-ceremonial roles, he asks that leader to form a government within 42 days.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party has the best chance of forming a government according to final election results released Friday.
WASHINGTON (JTA) - Four Jewish House Democrats known for their ties to AIPAC warned Israel not to annex West Bank territory days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's election-eve pledge to do that.
"The meetings with the parties will be broadcast live on all platforms, to ensure transparency for Israeli citizens", it said in English.
Benny Gantz, leader of Blue and White party, and his wife Revital cast their ballots as Israelis began voting in a parliamentary election, at a polling station in Rosh Ha'ayin, Israel on April 9, 2019.
Palestinian officials said that they do not count on the results of Israel's parliamentary elections and are not betting on their results.
No single political party in Israel's more than 70-year history has ever won an absolute majority in elections and coalitions are the norm.
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He promised people that the army will hand over to a democratic regime after a two-year transitional period. Ibn Auf also announced a state of emergency, a nationwide ceasefire and the suspension of the constitution.
The Likud said late on Wednesday that Netanyahu "will form a right-wing government and he is already in advanced negotiations with the national camp partners".
All of the right-wing and ultra-Orthodox parties have said they will recommend Netanyahu, with the exception of Yisrael Beytenu's Avigdor Liberman who has said he will not recommend Gantz but has not yet committed to naming Netanyahu.
The Democratic lawmakers' statement comes as Israel faces growing criticism within the party, with presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Beto O'Rourke both attacking Netanyahu as an extremist and pledging a new approach if elected. Likud had 30 during the 20th Knesset, whilst the only party represented from the Blue and White alliance was Yesh Atid, with 11 Knesset members.
Such a government would enjoy a comfortable majority in Israel's 120-seat parliament and enable it to take hard decisions on public spending cuts and the future of controversial military service exemptions for ultra-Orthodox Jews free of pressure from special interest groups.
But the looming prospect of indictments in several corruption cases against him, which he is determined to fight from office, makes him vulnerable to demands for concessions from smaller party allies.
Every ruling party faces challenges after a decade in power - voter fatigue is nearly inescapable - but Netanyahu's future has been clouded by allegations of corruption, charges he denies.