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Four Days and Counting

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has until Thursday before the time he was given by President Reuven Rivlin to form a new government runs out. As far as is known, Netanyahu has not managed to recruit the 61 Knesset members needed to form a government coalition – and it is expected that Rivlin will not grant him the two-week extension the law allows to continue his efforts. This means that within four days, for the first time since Ehud Olmert resigned in 2008 and Tzipi Livni received the opportunity to form a government – and failed – someone other than Netanyahu will receive the mandate to establish a new government in Israel. That person is named Benny Gantz.

It is hard to exaggerate the importance of this moment, if it comes to pass. Who remembers how it once was here, before Netanyahu? The young people don’t remember a time when the prime minister was not Netanyahu. The times before Netanyahu rest in the depths of our memories.That is why, until the task of forming the government is taken away from Netanyahu, there is no real value in speculating about the structure of the new coalition........

© Haaretz