In this April 20, 2015 file photo, Israel's President Reuven Rivlin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walk following a ceremony at the President's residence in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Abir Sultan, Pool, File)
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In an unusually blunt address to parliament, Israel's president accused the government Monday of delegitimizing vital democratic institutions as part of a campaign of stifling opposition.President Reuven Rivlin opened the winter session of parliament with a scathing critique of his former political home -- the Likud Party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Rivlin chose to focus on the growing divisions in Israeli society, pinning much of the blame on the country's leaders -- and its embattled prime minister.Netanyahu pointed to the German government's announcement Monday that it was ready to sign an agreement on three new submarines for Israel as evidence that there was nothing to the allegations against him.
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