Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin review the president's order giving Netanyahu two more weeks to form a government, on May 13, 2019. (Haim Zach/GPO)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu two more weeks to form a government.

Rivlin and Netanyahu met Monday at the president’s residence in Jerusalem to discuss Netanyahu’s need for extra time.

Under Israel’s Basic Law, the elected official selected by the president to form the government has 28 days to complete the task. The Basic Law allows the president to allocate an additional two weeks.

At Sunday’s weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu cited “scheduling constraints stemming from the many events this time” for needing extra time to complete his negotiations with other parties to form a new government. Among the constraints he mentioned were Passover, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and the escalation in violence and rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu now has until May 29 to sign coalition agreements with other parties to form a ruling coalition.


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