Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has missed a midnight deadline for putting together a new coalition government.
Netanyahu, who is on trial for corruption charges, has six weeks to lure his political foes into a coalition.
The mysterious explosion struck the Israeli-owned MV Helios Ray, a Bahamian-flagged roll-on, roll-off vehicle cargo ship, as it was sailing out of the Middle East on its way to Singapore on Friday.
Weekly protests continue in Jerusalem calling on Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu to step down over corruption charges
The event gave Netanyahu a political boost as the Israeli PM faces criticism for his management of the coronavirus crisis.
Dogged by in-fighting, Israel's fragile coalition government is gearing up for a fourth election in two years after three previous polls produced inconclusive results.
Protesters say the prime minister is unfit to rule while on trial for corruption charges and accusing him of mismanaging the nation’s coronavirus crisis.