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Netanyahu will only request extension of mandate from president if he can prove he’s close to sealing deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Internal Security Minister Amir Ohana (R)  visit the site of an overnight fatal crush during a religious gathering at Mt. Meron in northern Israel, on April 30, 2021. (Ronen ZVULUN / POOL / AFP)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Internal Security Minister Amir Ohana (R) visit the site of an overnight fatal crush during a religious gathering at Mt. Meron in northern Israel, on April 30, 2021. (Ronen ZVULUN / POOL / AFP)

Despite the tragedy in Meron, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not planning on requesting an extension to the government-forming mandate unless he is indeed close to cobbling together a coalition and is able to prove such to the president, Channel 12 reports.

Netanyahu’s mandate to form a government expires on May 4.

The premier is not expected to form a government and the president will likely have to choose between giving it to Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid, Yamina chair Naftali Bennett or another MK.

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