Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz are continuing talks on forming a coalition government, the Jerusalem Post reported on Tuesday as Israeli President Reuven Rivlin granted the leader of the Blue and White alliance, a 48-hour extension to form a coalition government, prolonging a mandate that was set to expire at midnight local time on Tuesday.
Both Netanyahu and Gantz have jointly asked President Rivlin to extend the mandate to form a coalition, Haaretz newspaper reported.
Earlier on Monday, Gantz urged premier Netanyahu to form an emergency unity government together.
“Netanyahu, this is our moment of truth”, Gantz said, according to TRT World.
Netanyahu also invited Gantz on Twitter to join him in a national emergency government “that will save lives and act for the citizens of Israel”.
Benny Gantz, an ex-military chief and current speaker of Israel’s parliament, has failed to form an alliance with his rival Prime Minister Netanyahu over the past three elections.
In March Israel held its unprecedented third round of elections in a year in a bid to resolve the political deadlock. The snap elections’ final count of votes saw Likud in the lead with 36 seats in the 120-seat parliament. Blue and White came in second with 33 seats.