The increasing power of extremists in the region is shrinking the window of opportunity available for a diplomatic settlement with the Palestinians, opposition leader Tzipi Livni (Kadima) told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Israel Wednesday.
"There is an urgent need to renew negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians...we must strive to achieve [a settlement] with moderates in the region before it is too late," Livni said.
The UN chief was in Israel as part of a Middle East tour in which he also visited the Gaza Strip, controlled by Israel's archenemy Hamas - a group that has gained regional clout since the Palestinian Authority agreed to its inclusion in a unified Palestinian government.
Livni also thanked Ban for his comments Thursday condemning rocket attacks by terrorists in Gaza on Israel.
"Israeli citizens appreciate the fact that you came to visit the towns bombarded and spoke firmly against the firing [of rockets]," Livni told Ban.