Shas MK Arye Deri called Tzipi Livni on Tuesday evening to congratulate her for joining Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's coalition, saying Israel needs a government that could unite all of its citizens, Israel Radio reported.

Livni told Deri that she hopes Shas would join the coalition soon.

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Shas is expected to join the coalition in the coming days, after progress was made in the talks between the party and Likud Beytenu.