What happens next in Israeli politics? The immediate fight will be over when a vote to seat the new government will happen. Usually it'd be as soon as possible, but the Knesset Speaker is a Likud MK and can delay things as long as legally possible.
How long? That's the argument. The law says when a new Government is formed, "the Speaker of the Knesset shall notify the Knesset thereof, and set a sitting for the purpose of forming the Government, within SEVEN DAYS from the day of the notification."
But Likud seems to be arguing that seven days doesn't mean seven days, and they can actually push the vote forward to the week after next. Not sure what their argument is, but it might be this: "What has to be within seven days? The sitting, or setting the date of the sitting?"
Every day of delay gives Netanyahu more time to sink the coalition. But nobody really wants to go to court for this, so there might be a move to oust the Speaker as soon as possible.

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