Netanyahu's mandate has failed. Coalition with the religious Yamina nationalist party is under consideration. With his seven seats, Naftali Bennet could prove decisive. Clashes south of Nablus. A young Palestinian shot dead, as tensions rise.
Jerusalem (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Opposition leader Yair Lapid has received the mandate to try to reach the parliamentary majority - 61 seats out of 120 in total in the Knesset - and form a new government, after the failure of the interim Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Israeli political scene, a few weeks after the fourth political elections in less than two years, remains characterized by a picture of profound uncertainty, while the violence between Israelis and Palestinians is not subsiding.
President Reuven Rivlin announced yesterday that he had entrusted the task to the leader of the opposition, after having consulted with the various party leaders to find out which parliamentarian could have sufficient support to achieve the goal.
Lapid, with a centrist orientation and a television career behind him, could focus on a rotation in the government (as in the failed experiment between Netanyahu and Benny Gantz) by entrusting the first part of the mandate to a colleague in the Knesset.
In a note Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid party, assures that he will do "everything to guarantee Israel a government of unity as soon as possible", which can "work for the good of its people". Among the first leaders with whom he could share the leadership of the government is Naftali Bennett, head of the nationalist religious party Yamina who could be decisive with his seven seats.
Commenting on the decision, President Rivlin believes Lapid "can form a government capable of gaining the trust of the Knesset, although there are difficulties" in the post. According to the Constitution, Netanyahu had 28 days to try to form an alliance, but the time ran out at 9 pm on May 4th. The failure of the outgoing Prime Minister is a further confirmation of the fracture within the Israeli political landscape and it is not excluded that the country may return to the polls for the fifth time in the summer.
Having failed to form the government, Netanyahu now has to face political survival and a corruption trial which he has eluded thus far thanks to his role as premier. In order to strengthen his position, he had recently tried - unsuccessfully - to appoint a loyalist to justice, a choice rejected by the Supreme Court and the Attorney General.
Meanwhile, violence continues between Israelis and Palestinians, which has flared up with renewed vigor in this period of Ramadan, the holy month of Muslim fasting and prayer. Last night the army with the Star of David opened fire and killed a young Palestinian of 16 years during the clashes between the two factions in the West Bank. News has also come in these hours of the death of an Israeli boy who was seriously injured earlier this week by a bullet exploded by a Palestinian.
The Israeli army opened fire on a group of Palestinians intent on throwing Molotov cocktails at the soldiers, in the clashes that broke out last night near the village of Beita, south of Nablus. A military spokesman said that "the troops acted to stop some suspects, firing in their direction".
The inhabitants of Beita and Odala say that the clashes between Palestinians and the Israeli army in the area have been going on for several nights. A second Palestinian youth was shot in the back and is now hospitalized. At the origin of the latest violence, the Israeli army manhunt to capture the perpetrators of the shooting in which some Israelis were injured, one of whom died in the night.