Reuven Rivlin

Regional News • Middle East
Israeli president picks Netanyahu to try to form government
Benjamin Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu Credit: Chatam House (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Israel's president on Tuesday handed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the difficult task of trying to form a government from the country's splintered parliament, giving the embattled leader a chance to prolong his lengthy term in office. At the same time, he stands trial on corruption charges.

President Reuven Rivlin acknowledged that no party leader had the necessary support to form a majority coalition in the 120-seat Knesset. He also stated many believe Netanyahu is unfit to serve as prime minister in light of his legal problems.