Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu ready to bury differences with President-elect Rivlin

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 19:06

Zee Media Bureau

Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met President-elect Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday and congratulated him on his victory in Tuesday’s Knesset vote.

Netanyahu, while embracing Rivlin, said that he would bury the past differences with the latter and the two would work together in the interest of the nation.

He further stressed on the similarities between Rivlin and him and said that both are Jerusalemites, sons of professors and fans of the same soccer team.

"We`ve gone through many things in life together and now we will put aside our differences and work for the sake of the State of Israel`s future," he said, as per The Jerusalem Post.

Reuven Rivlin, a far-right member of Israel`s ruling Likud party, was on Tuesday elected as the nation`s 10th President to replace Shimon Peres, ending the "dirtiest" campaign in the history of the Jewish nations` most respected public office.
Rivlin, 74, beat lawmaker Meir Sheetrit of Hatnua party in a second-round runoff. Rivlin secured 63 to Sheetrit`s 53 in the 120-member Knesset (the parliament).

The run up to the elections saw major aspirants face charges ranging from sexual misconduct to financial misappropriation leading to many analysts dubbing the elections "dirtiest" in Israel`s history.
Peres` successor was chosen after two months of fierce political campaigning.

90-year-old Peres, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 for his role in the first Israeli-Palestinian peace accord, assumed office in 2007, after predecessor Moshe Katsav resigned to fight rape charges for which he was eventually convicted and jailed.

Rivlin will be sworn-in on July 24.

First Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 19:06

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