Rivlin hints at rift with Netanyahu - 'We haven't met in two months'

In an interview with Army Radio, the president said that while he is on speaking terms with the premier, "we just haven't gotten a chance to set a meeting."

By NOAM AMIR/MAARIV HASHAVUA
September 9, 2015 11:14
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Pm Netanyahu and Reuven Rivlin. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

 
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President Reuven Rivlin revealed on Wednesday that he has not met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the last two months.

In an interview with Army Radio, the president said that while he is on speaking terms with the premier, "we just haven't gotten a chance to set a meeting."

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"I have no complaints," the president said. "If I wanted to, I would meet the prime minister."

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

Ties between the two men became so frayed that the premier was forced to reluctantly support Rivlin in the race for the presidency after failing to find a candidate to his liking.

Earlier this year, Rivlin publicly criticized Netanyahu for his handling of Israel's relationship with the United States, particularly over the issue of the Iran nuclear accord.

"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."

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