The notification will launch preparations for a vote of confidence in the new government, which will now likely take place on the following Wednesday or Monday, Israeli media said.
Friday night’s announcement by speaker Yariv Levin, a close ally of Netanyahu, allays fears that his right-wing Likud party may find procedural ways to block the formation of the heterogeneous coalition that would end 12 consecutive years of Netanyahu in office.
On paper, the coalition announced by opposition leader Yair Lapid minutes before Wednesday’s deadline at midnight should have a slim majority in the vote of confidence.
But all eyes will be on possible defections from the disparate alliance that is united only by shared hostility toward Netanyahu.
Under the agreement, Naftali Bennett of the nationalist religious Yamina party would be prime minister for two years, to be replaced by the centrist Lapid in 2023.
With possible jail time looming over him in his ongoing trial on corruption charges, Netanyahu is not expected to give up without a fight.
His supporters have been working hard to win the defections of Yamina lawmakers uncomfortable with Bennett’s alliance with Jewish leftists and Arab conservatives.
The demonstrations orchestrated by Netanyahu supporters were held in front of the home of Yamina’s lawmaker, Nir Orbach, who warned Bennett that he might not support him in the vote of confidence.
If Orbach voted against the agreement without quitting the party, the coalition would not have a majority.
A post on Friday on Netanyahu’s Facebook page said that “those who were elected by right-wing votes have to do the right thing: form a good and strong right-wing government.”
If last-minute defections ruin the alliance, Israel will likely have to go back to the polls for its fifth election in just over two years.
On Saturday, the head of Israel’s Shin Bet internal security agency, Nadav Argaman, issued a rare public statement warning of a “serious escalation in violent and inciting speech”, specifically on social media.
“This speech could be understood by certain groups or individuals as enabling illegal violence that could even cost a life,” said Argaman, who asked public officials to “issue a clear call to stop this speech.”
A Shin Bet spokesman did not tell AFP whether Argaman was referring to a certain threatened group or person, he simply said: “This is a general atmosphere that must stop.”
Politicians who opposed Netanyahu, however, interpreted Argaman’s statement as an accusation against the prime minister.
“Whoever is trying to deny the legitimacy of basic democratic movements and lighting the fire of incitement is responsible,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz said.
And Tamar Zandberg of the leftist Meretz party called it “a wake-up call to Netanyahu and his supporters.”