Grapevine: Who will Rivlin choose?

Many political pundits are wondering on what basis President Reuven Rivlin will select a candidate to form the next government after the March 17 election. Rivlin has publicly stated that he will follow the rules of Israel’s unwritten constitution.

Nonetheless, different people have different interpretations of what that means. In the wording of the Basic Law: The President, there is no mention of the leader of the largest party. In fact, the president can appoint any MK to form a government, following consultation with representatives of the parties in the Knesset.

In general, this is interpreted as the MK who receives the most recommendations after each party’s delegation has met with the president; but that is not what is stated in the text. If he wanted to, the president could appoint an Arab or haredi MK to form a government.


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