At the conclusion of the consultations, delegates representing 65 incoming Knesset members recommended that I task MK Binyamin Netanyahu with forming the next government.
(Communicated by the President’s Spokesperson)
This afternoon (20 February), President Shimon Peres invited Binyamin Netanyahu to his official Residence in Jerusalem in order to task him with forming the next government of the State of Israel.
The President said:
The official results of the general elections for the 18th Knesset were presented to me by the Chairman of the Central Elections Committee, Justice Eliezer Rivlin, two days ago.
I believe that it is in the national interest to establish a government as quickly as possible.
Accordingly, immediately after receiving the results, I began a round of consultations with representatives of all of the newly elected Knesset fcations.
I wish to make note of my great appreciation for the way in which the representatives of the factions conducted themselves when presenting me with their recommendations, each according to their own views.
The conversations with the delegations were handled with great transparency and in an appropriate way.
The Basic Law: the Government obliges me to bestow the task of forming the government on one of the Knesset members within seven days of my receiving the official election results.
At the conclusion of the consultations, delegates representing 65 incoming Knesset members – a majority of the Knesset – recommended that I task MK Binyamin Netanyahu with forming the next government.
Therefore, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the Basic Law: the Government, I have decided to bestow the task of forming the next government on MK Binyamin Netanyahu, while noting that a majority of the delegatoins expressed their wish that the government formed will be a broad government, and requesting that this desire be taken into account in the forming of the government.
MK Binyamin Netanyahu has expressed to me his willingness to take this task upon himself.
I hope that the process will be completed quickly. The people of Israel need governmental and political stability so that we will be able to cope with the challenges standing before us.
The challenges are varied and urgent. And the public expects expects that following the elections, a fitting government be formed that will roll up its sleeves and perform its duties faithfully."