Prime minister tells Kahlon he will be finance minister; Bennett and Lieberman both demand defense portfolio.
Announcement fulfills PM's pre-election pledge; Netanyahu also met Avigdor Lieberman, leader of Yisrael Beiteinu, in effort to assemble coalition.
Meeting for the first time since the elections, the two discussed legislation that touches on foreign funding for NGOs and the 'Jewish State' bill.
'I see myself as the prime minister of each and every one of you,' prime minister tells leaders of Israeli minority groups; Joint List of Arab parties dismisses 'empty gesture.'
Yisrael Beiteinu, Kulanu, Habayit Hayehudi and ultra-Orthodox parties express their support; Yesh Atid says it won't join a Netanyahu coalition.
In first day of coalition talks, Rivlin warns that broad government is needed to stave off international pressure.
Key Likud MKs say party should keep foreign affairs and defense rather than give them to partners. Kahlon expected to get Finance Ministry. Lieberman may remain foreign minister while Shas may seek Interior.
'Everyone must be careful of what they say, particularly those whom the entire world hears,' the president said during coalition consultations.
President to meet with party representatives for two days, ahead of choosing who will form government; Netanyahu might be generous with small parties in bid to assure quiet in coalition.
Party leaders question failure to appeal to voters in outlying areas of Israel.