Opposition leader Yair Lapid has received a mandate from Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to form a new government after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition before his mandate expired. Lapid’s path is challenged by the disparate nature of his anti-Netanyahu bloc, which is made up of many small parties with conflicting agendas. Right-wing elements of the bloc view Lapid as too left-wing to lead a government. This has led Lapid to seek a power-sharing agreement with Naftali Bennett. The proposal would see Bennett serve as prime minister for two years, after which Lapid would step into the leadership position. A Lapid-Bennett government appears to have the support of only 58 members of the 120-seat Knesset, with the Arab parties likely to abstain. If Lapid fails to form a government in the 28-day timeframe, that would be followed by a 21-day period, during which any member of the Knesset could receive the mandate if they could get 61 member signatures. Failing that, Israel will have its fifth national election in under three years.