September 19, 2019 / 8:32 AM / 5 months ago

Israel's president welcomes Netanyahu call for national unity government

FILE PHOTO: Israel's President Reuven Rivlin (not pictured) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a news conference after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was entrusted with forming the next government, at the President's residence in Jerusalem April 17, 2019. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who is tasked with approving a government that emerges from this week’s election, welcomed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for a broad coalition with his centrist rival.

“I congratulate you, Mr. Prime Minister, on your joining in this call. This is an important call,” Rivlin said in a speech attended by both Netanyahu and challenger Benny Gantz.

Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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