Livni seeks European help in boosting moderates

In Germany, opposition leader tells Angela Merkel to help bolster pragmatic groups preaching "dialogue and not violence."

October 25, 2011 09:47
Opposition leader Tzipi Livni

Opposition leader Tzipi Livni 311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)

Opposition leader Tzipi Livni tried to enlist Germany's help in boosting moderates in the Middle East during a whirlwind trip to Europe on Tuesday.

"We must reestablish the pragmatic camp that believes in dialogue and not violence," Livni told Angela Merkel during a ceremony honoring the German chancellor at a Berlin Jewish museum.

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Warning that the Arab Spring presented opportunities for Islamic extremists, she emphasized the need to "work together in the face of strengthened extremists in the region." On Monday, the Islamist party Ennahda claimed victory in Tunisia's election, representing the first democratic election of the Arab Spring.

Livni also praised Germany's role in securing the release of Gilad Schalit. "All of Israel, from all the different positions that exist within it, values and appreciates Germany's efforts in releasing Israeli hostages," she said

Livni will continue her European trip with official meetings in Paris Tuesday afternoon before returning to Israel in the evening.

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