Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during an event. File photo
They have until a minute before midnight (2059 GMT) Wednesday to cobble together an administration that would end 12 straight years of rule by the hawkish heavyweight, Israel's longest-ruling premier.
The high-stakes push is led by former TV presenter Yair Lapid, a secular centrist, who on Sunday won the crucial support of right-wing religious nationalist Naftali Bennett, a tech multi-millionaire.
"The coalition negotiation team sat all night and made progress toward creating a unity government," a Bennett spokesman said in a statement, adding that further talks were scheduled for the afternoon.
But to reach a 61-seat majority in the 120-seat Knesset, their unlikely alliance would also have to include other left and right-wing parties -- and would probably need the support of Arab-Israeli politicians.
That would result in a government riven by deep ideological differences on flashpoint issues such as Jewish settlements in the Israel-occupied West Bank and the role of religion in politics.
Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid party, was tasked with forming a government by President Reuven Rivlin after Netanyahu again failed to win a majority following Israel's fourth inconclusive election in less than two years.
Lapid has reportedly agreed to allow Bennett, who heads the Yamina party, to serve first as a rotating prime minister in a power-sharing agreement, before taking over half way through their term.
Naftali Bennett, a multi-millionaire former tech entrepreneur who made his political name with hardline religious-nationalist rhetoric, will be Israel's new prime minister after parliament approved a new government on Sunday.
The UAE has strongly condemned a plan by Israeli premier to annex a third of the occupied West Bank, should he return to office following a general election next week.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s annexation plan is highly condemnable (“Major European nations flay Netanyahu’s annexation plan,” Sept 14, Gulf Today).
The Ambassador of the UAE, Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Al Zaabi, called on Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Friday.
Women must take time to be aware of and more importantly act upon their own health, according to a physician who became fascinated with the heart and its functions while doing her medical student-cardiology rounds in the USA.
The October’s new price of a litre of Super 98 petrol will be sold at Dhs 3.03 per litre in all fuel stations.