JERUSALEM

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin announced on Thursday that he will return the government mandate’s formation to the Knesset — the Israeli parliament.

Rivlin wrote on Twitter that he informed the Knesset speaker of his intention to mandate the Knesset to form the Israeli government.

“I hope that it will be possible for Knesset members to formulate a majority and avoid a fourth election campaign,” Rivlin said.

Earlier, the leader of Blue and White party Benny Gantz failed to form an emergency government with the Likud party’s leader and outgoing Prime Minister Netanyahu.

According to the Israeli law, the Knesset

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