Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned the mandate to form a government to President Reuven Rivlin minutes after the end of the Simhat Torah holiday on Monday night, and two nights before the deadline for him to build a coalition.
Rivlin, who has received the message from Netanyahu, will hold consultations with faction representatives who request to meet with him.
By law, the president has three days to give the mandate to Blue and White leader Benny Gantz. Sources close to Gantz said they do not expect the mandate to be given before Wednesday.
Netanyahu released a video complaining that Gantz refused to negotiate with him. In the video, Netanyahu revealed that in addition to what is known to the public, he had initiated secret steps to build a unity government with Gantz.
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