Opposition leader Tzipi Livni 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Opposition leader Tzipi Livni (Kadima) on Monday asked German Chancellor Angela
Merkel to help strengthen moderates in the Middle East.
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“We must work
together against the rise of extremists in the region – Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas
and other extreme Islamist elements that may grow stronger following the Arab
Spring,” Livni, who is visiting Europe, said.
“We must reestablish the
pragmatic camp in the region, with people who believe in dialogue and not
violence,” she said. “This camp has eroded in recent years, and must grow strong
Livni spoke at the Berlin Jewish Museum’s 10th anniversary event,
during which Merkel received the museum’s Prize for Understanding and
“All of Israel, regardless of political opinions, appreciates
and values Germany’s efforts to help release Israel’s captives in recent years,”
“These efforts are an additional expression of the strength
and importance or relations between our states.”
On Tuesday, Livni met in
Paris with French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé as well as with French Jewish
community leaders, and returned to Israel in the evening.