Kahol-Lavan leader Benny Gantz conferred lengthily with President Reuvent Rivlin Saturday night on his fading prospects of forming a government in the four days remaining for his candidacy. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a strong appeal to the Bloc of 55 which he leads to make every effort to prevent Gantz forming a minority government supported by the United Arab List. In his video message, Netanyahu said another election would be a disaster, but a government whose policies depended on Arab Knesset votes would be even more disastrous.
The political deadlock remains. Gantz will try again on Sunday to persuade Yisrael Beitenu leader Avigdor Lieberman who holds the key to join or at least support his government, but his chances are slim. For now, another election, the third in the space of a year, appears to be unavoidable.