Gantz Tasked With Forming Government After Netanyahu Failure

President Reuven Rivlin announced Wednesday he is tasking Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz with forming the next governing coalition, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that he failed to do so.

During the official ceremony in which Rivlin handed Gantz the mandate, the president said that "we all have to create the conditions needed to resolve [Israel's political] deadlock."

The president added that "It's important to remember that as long as entire sectors [of Israeli society] are boycotted, as long as there is no compromise to create a partnership between big as well as small parties, a government won't be established.

"I've proposed an outline which aims to pave the path for Likud and Kahol Lavan to establish a unity government. There is no reason to hold a third round of election," Rivlin said.

The president added that if a government is formed, "all [parties] will pay a price, but if it is not formed, Israel's citizens will be the ones to pay the highest price," and called on the public servants not to erode the public trust."