Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not expected to return mandate early.
Netanyahu says he'd be opposition leader, won't seek presidency
"There's no reason for you to come to me with this; go to him, he's at the Knesset," she told protesters. "The only ones here are me and my children, who cry at night because of you."
Had ideology been Smotrich's sole consideration, that could indeed have been praiseworthy. But there is plenty of politics involved as well.
It is likely that President Reuven Rivlin will give the mandate to Bennett if Netanyahu fails to build a coalition.
"They are not real," the spokesman said of the two options reported. "We have denied the report."
Having just survived the fourth general election in Israel in two years, the time has come to take another hard look at the electoral system.
Tibi tweeted a screenshot of a message he received which called to kill and deport Arabs from Israel, saying that he had been "flooded" with similar threats since Smotrich's tweet.