Prime Minister-elect Binyamin Netanyahu was tasked with building the next cabinet on Sunday by Israeli President Isaac Herzog.
In contrast to interim Prime Minister Yair Lapid, who only 28 members of the Knesset recommended, Netanyahu was recommended by 64 during the ceremony.
According to Herzog, “therefore, according to all considerations, the result is clear – and the task of forming the government should be assigned to MK Binyamin Netanyahu.”
Netanyahu spoke after Herzog, saying: “I myself am very excited to receive the right to form the government, at least as excited as the first time I was zocheh to this 26 years ago.
Voters have unambiguously shown their trust in me, the Likud, and the other parties who are allies in our cause.
However, I want to make it clear that I plan to serve as prime minister for everyone who supported me and those who did not.
This expresses my beliefs and the principles that govern my behavior.
I want to collaborate with you to widen the margin of agreement between us.
While we may disagree on some essential matters, there are more than enough areas on which the vast majority can agree.
Because we are brothers, we were designed to coexist.
There are a lot of people who are happy with the election results, but there are also people who scare people by making dire predictions.
Such assertions have been made in the past as well. It wasn’t true then, and it isn’t true now, that they also said that about Begin and me.
Netanyahu will have 28 days to form a cabinet; if he is unable, President Herzog may grant him a 14-day extension.