Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog thanked German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Saturday for his country's support in the wake of recent threats to suspend Israel from FIFA.
The opposition leader hosted the German official at his home, in a meeting billed as having a "good and friendly atmosphere."
Herzog praised Germany for "standing firm beside the Jewish state" as it battles complaints raised by Palestinian authorities with soccer's governing body, a press release said. The chief dissenter in the Knesset urged the European country to continue to be a "clear and stable voice" against a trend of unilateral steps against Israel.
"The only way to reach a lasting agreement is through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians," Herzog said at the
meeting, which was attended by Zionist Union MK Tzipi Livni. "Unilateral action badly destroys the chance to get there."