Ra’am leader Mansour Abbas, whose Islamist party has been seen as a kingmaker after last month’s inconclusive election, has been hospitalized, according to Hebrew media reports.
Abbas won’t attend the swearing-in ceremony, reports say.
The Kan public broadcaster says he’s suffering from kidney stones.
United Torah Judaism MK Meir Porush, who is set to travel abroad for his granddaughter’s wedding, will also skip the ceremony and be sworn in next week.
Some reports say Sara Netanyahu, the prime minister’s wife, may be absent from the audience.