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.
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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.
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.