The President of Israel Reuven Rivlin held meetings with representatives from the 'Likud' and 'Blue and White' parties in Jerusalem on Monday, as he deliberates who will form the next government of Israel following last week's election.

Rivlin said that while a "president doesn't appoint a prime minister, and not one person among the country's citizens chooses a prime minister," the process had begun to "reflect the will of the people as according to their vote."

He told Yariv Levin of Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party that "you are the biggest party, more than any other party you were elected and therefore you are here first at the president's residence."

Gabby Ashkenazi of the opposition Blue and White party said that "the public has decided and we respect the process, the invitation and the decision the President will take. I suppose it will come with no shock that we recommend the chairperson of Blue and White, Benny Gantz."

Incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party won 36 seats, the most of any party but are well short of the majority needed to form government without negotiating a coalition at the invitation of President Rivlin.

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