The Likud delegation to consultations with President Reuven Rivlin not surprisingly recommended that he task Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming the next government. The Likud delegation was comprised of MK Ze'ev Elkin, MK Yarin Levin, Transportation Minister Israel Katz, Interior Minister Gilad Erdan and Deputy Minister Ofer Akunis.
The delegation called on all factions to recommend the prime minister so that a government can be formed quickly and efficiently.
Members of the delegation voiced regret that the majority of the Arab voters had voted for the Joint Arab list that had declared in advance of the Knesset elections that it would not join any government coalition. The delegates said that it was unfortunate that the Arabs preferred not to be part of the governing process and said that it was time for the Arabs to change and to be part of mainstream Israel.
MK Yariv Levin said that unlike the previous government in which the coalition partners had held economic portfolios, in the next government Likud will focus on those areas in addition to foreign affairs and defense.