Livni Abbas meeting in Amman 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy Kadima Spokesmans office)
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 - an Islamist group that has
gained regional clout since the Palestinian Authority agreed to its
inclusion in a unified Palestinian government.
Livni, often vociferously critical of the Netanyahu government, has claimed the Likud-led coalition is not serious about pursuing peace with the Palestinians. She met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman in November 2011, prior to last month's low-level exploratory talks, where she encouraged the PA president
to fight Islamic extremism and avoid unilateral steps towards statehood.
The opposition leader also thanked Ban for his comments Thursday condemning rocket attacks by terrorists in Gaza on Israel, a day after a rocket salvo was fired from the Strip into the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council.
Ban visited the Spair Academic College near Sderot, which has
been the target of numerous Kassam rockets from Gaza.
citizens appreciate the fact that you came to visit the towns bombarded
and spoke firmly against the firing [of rockets]," Livni told Ban.