Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz said Tuesday that he was optimistic about his chances of forming a government, shortly before he was to become the first person in more than a decade other than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be tasked with that challenge.  A day earlier, Netanyahu announced that he was returning the mandate to form a government to President Reuven Rivlin, blaming  his failure to forge a coalition on Gantz, and accusing the Blue and White party leader of seeking a minority government with backing from the Joint List. 

KAN's Arieh O'Sullivan asked Mitchell Barak, a public opinion analyst and director at Keevoon Global Research, a Jerusalem-based consulting firm, for his take on the developments.