JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who is tasked with approving a government that emerges from this week’s election, welcomed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for a broad coalition with his centrist rival.

“I congratulate you, Mr. Prime Minister, on your joining in this call. This is an important call,” Rivlin said in a speech attended by both Netanyahu and challenger Benny Gantz.

Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky