Barring unforeseen developments, Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz hands back to the president the 21-day mandate he received for forming a government, after his last ditch meeting with Binyamin Netanyahu Tuesday on a unity government deal fell through amid mutual recriminations. Yisrael Beitenu leader Avigdor Lieberman, who offered his small party as the key to a majority to whichever side initiated a unity government, is due to announce his intentions during the day. His eight Knesset seats could give Netanyahu the 63-member majority he needs for stable government – provided that the gaps between the ultra-religious parties and the secular Lieberman can be bridged. If not, a further 21 days grace is allowed for any Knesset member to come up with 61 endorsements for the premiership. The last option remaining is Israel’s third general election in a year on March 3, 2020.