Netanyahu and Rivlin meet for first time in two and a half months

The prime minister and the president meet to discuss ongoing terror concerns.

September 25, 2015 12:09
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Netanyahu and Rivlin

Netanyahu and Rivlin. (photo credit: AVI OHAYON - GPO)

President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Friday at the President's Residence for a routine update meeting after a two and a half months amid concerns that a rift had formed between the politicians, according to Israel Radio.

The president and the prime minister met to discuss the regional political situation reflected in the latest news developments and the ongoing operations to combat terrorism.

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At the meeting, Netanyahu and Rivlin agreed to continue to meet for updates and to work together for the sake of the challenges that stand before the State of Israel. 

After a political alliance that spanned decades, Netanyahu's relationship with Rivlin has deteriorated in recent months.

Rivlin recently publicly criticized Netanyahu for his handling of Israel's relationship with the United States, claiming he had isolated Israel over the issue of the Iran nuclear accord.

"The prime minister has waged a campaign against the US as if the two sides were equal. This is liable to hurt Israel itself," said Rivlin at the time. 

"It seems to me we have exhausted our differences regarding various international issues," Rivlin said. "Everyone is busy with promoting their own agendas in the name of advancing the State of Israel."

Ben Caspit and Noam Amir contributed to this report.

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