Rivlin Says He Has 'Exhausted' Differences With PM Over Foreign Policy

President says in interview with Army Radio that he hasn't met with Netanyahu in two months.

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Netanyahu and President Rivlin attend a memorial ceremony near Jerusalem, May 7, 2015.
Netanyahu and President Rivlin attend a memorial ceremony near Jerusalem, May 7, 2015.Credit: Reuters

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said on Wednesday that he hasn't met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the past two months, citing "differences" over foreign policy.

In an interview with Army Radio, Rivlin said he used to meet with the prime minister for a one-on-one meeting once a month, but that has not been the case recently. "I think we've exhausted our differences vis-à-vis our relations with the different international systems," he said. "Until these things are off the agenda, it seems we don't need to meet because it seems each one is busy with the same matters aimed at [advancing the interests] of the State of Israel."

Asked whether Netanyahu was endangering the alliance with the U.S., the president responded that the friendship between the two countries "is not just historical, it's strategic, and it's a solid foundation."

Rivlin also said he opposes canceling soccer matches on Shabbat – an issue that has recently made headlines after a decision by Israel's Football Association. "These are issues that are part of the status quo," he said, warning of catering to one sector at another sector's expense. "I think the Israeli public's habit is that on Saturday, you go to the synagogue and then you go to [soccer matches] at Katamon or Teddy."

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