"Bibi (Netanyahu) understands the weightiness of pursuing the peace process," outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday night of his designated replacement.
Speaking to representatives of the Jewish Agency at his Jerusalem office, Olmert said "My position that Israel needs a broad government is well-known, and the next government should be established expeditiously.
"Bibi is a patriot. In the past, during his tenure as PM, he also understood the importance of pursuing peace," he said.
Following Sunday's meeting with the Likud leader, Livni said "there are some serious conflicts on political issues," adding that Netanyahu had not replied positively to the question of whether he would strive for a two-state solution. "It's significant to me," she said.
Olmert continued to say, "As someone who is aware of the difficult decisions that lie ahead, I believe Israel needs a strong, stable government that will reflect the public's will and gain the necessary trust and support to face the political, economic and security-related challenges we are facing."