After a narrow election defeat, Bibi Netanyahu sat down with Benny Gants (the leader of the Blue and White party that won the most seats in the Knesset) to figure out a compromise that would allow them to form a unity government. After they failed to reach a compromise on their own, the ball moved to Israeli president Reuven Rivlin to pick someone to attempt to form a ruling government. And who did Rivlin pick? Nope, you guessed wrong (yes, we can read your mind), Rivlin picked Benjamin Netanyahu to try and form a government. There is no reason to believe Bibi will have better luck this time after he failed to form a government in the last election, and Gantz has already made clear that his party “will not sit in a government which has a prime minister against whom stands a severe indictment.” The Arab Joint List (which is divided over whether to support Gantz as the next PM) said that Gantz’s party asked them to make clear that not all their MKs support Gantz. Yes, you read this right: Gantz wanted less support from the Arab Joint List, in what is thought to be a strategic maneuver to give Netanyahu the first (and likely failed) shot at forming a government, so Gantz can go second in attempting to form a government, which he believes could be more successful. But what happens if they both fail? The options include (we kid you not) a third Israeli election this year.

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