Hours before a midnight deadline, Blue and White's Benny Gantz  informed the  president he was unable to form a coalition. In televised remarks, Gantz accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the right-wing bloc, of putting interests of one person before those of the Israeli people. Israel now enters, for the first time in its history, a 21-day period during which any legislator can try to secure the backing of 61 MKs to receive the mandate to form a government. If this does not happen, elections are automatically triggered in 90 days, for what would be the country's third national ballot within a year. 

Earlier in the day, Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Liberman announced he would not back a minority government or a narrow coalition, and blamed both Blue and White and the Likud parties for failing to form a unity government. 

Ahead of Gantz's announcement, KAN reporter Naomi Segal spoke with political scientist, Prof. Abraham Diskin, and asked him what he thought might happen.