Benny Gantz

Israel's president to ask Netanyahu rival Benny Gantz to form government

Opposition leader Benny Gantz will be asked to form a new government, Israel's president said on March 15, boosting his chances of ousting veteran Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

It was a blow to Netanyahu, who is fighting for his political life amid unprecedented political deadlock and a criminal indictment for corruption, which he denies.

Netanyahu Returned the Term after He Failed to Create a New Cabinet

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has renounced his mandate, which was given to him by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in order to form a new Israeli government, after the talks failed, BTA reported.

Netanyahu failed to garner the support of enough MPs to join his eventual governing coalition and returned the term to the president today, two days before the deadline.