Netanyahu must form a government by Wednesday, or new elections must be called.
The problem is that he requires the support of both the ultra-nationalists and the Ultra-Orthodox to achieve the 61 seats necessary to form a government and these two groups intensely loath one another.
Of course, I have no use for the Ultra-Orthodox in Israel. A bunch of over-entitled bastards who don’t have to lift so much as a finger to defend their State, while looking down at the rest of Israeli society as lower forms of life whose only purpose is to support the Ultra-Orthodox. They get endless privileges and entitlements that are not available to non-Orthodox Jews in Israel.
The ultra-nationalists are insisting that the Ultra-Orthodox be liable for military service under a proposed conscription bill, so it is not surprising that the Ultra-Orthodox are having a full meltdown temper tantrum and refusing to permit a new government to form.
While I am not a fan of the ultra-nationalists either, it is WAY, WAY, WAY beyond time that the Ultra-Orthodox in Israel are knocked off their high horse for good. They should have no privileges or entitlements, except for those available to ALL Israeli citizens, whether Jewish, Christian or Muslim.
And frankly, the United States should cut its military support for Israel until the Ultra-Orthodox are completely stripped of all their special privileges and put on an equal basis with all other Israeli citizens.