Mogherini and Rivlin
Mogherini and RivlinMark Neyman / GPO

President Reuven Rivlin met Thursday morning at his resident with European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

The President welcomed Mogherini, who is in the midst of a visit to the region, thanking her for commitment to her duties. 

Emphasizing the importance of Mogherini's position in renewing peace negotiations with the Palestinians, Rivlin said, "Europe has an important role to play in helping bring an end to the conflict." 

"This conflict will only come to an end when both peoples understand that we must live together side by side," Rivlin asserted.

"I want to stress that which should be obvious, Israel has no war with Islam, there is a need to build confidence between us, an important step in which is the rehabilitation of Gaza."

According to Rivlin, "we can bring real prosperity to Gaza, which will give the residents hope, and begin to build confidence," eventually enabling Palestinians and Israelis to live together. 

"I want to thank you, Mr. President," Mogherini responded, "for your personal commitment to a message of peace and hope, and your wisdom in leading and guiding the Israeli people with an understanding of the complex situation in the region." 

"The friendship between our peoples is strong and well-established," Mogherini proclaimed, "and my message today is of the need to utilize this connection as a tool to help bring an end to the conflict. 

"I greatly appreciate your vision of living together, and hope that our friends across the world will be able to help in the mission of ending the conflict, while ensuring Israel's security."