She had also distanced herself from some of the AfD's more radical senior members, saying their comments were putting voters off.
European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker gave his support to the conventions idea in his state of the union speech in early September.
In his conversation with Merkel, Netanyahu "called on the new government that would be formed to act to strengthen the forces in Germany that accept the historic responsibility" of the Holocaust, his office said. I've been a bull on the euro since $1.05 and will be reevaluating the position post election but because of my broader worries about the US dollar, not much may change. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel had warned voters that supporting the AfD meant putting "real Nazis" in Parliament for the first time since World War II.
Netanyahu said that he "also emphasized our policy regarding Iran's attempts to base itself in Syria".
A meme with the AFD logo circulated before the election showing a white woman surrounded by Middle Eastern men. This brought about protestors who gathered outside the right-wing anti-Islam party's headquarters in Berlin. The second-placed Social Democrats have ruled out working together, so Merkel's best option is likely a coalition with the Liberals and the Greens that could take months, Borzel says.
Its success has shocked Germany's political establishment, and protests against the anti-Islam party have been held in several cities following the election result. The far-right rise in Germany is nowhere close to Marine le Pen's rise in neighbouring France but it certainly raises the prospect of ghosts from Germany's chequered past haunting its present. The newly re-elected chancellor faces the huge challenge of trying to forge a three-way alliance between parties far apart on the political spectrum such as the Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats.
"I've voted for the CDU for the last 40 years, and this was the first time I voted for a different party", said Jens Hamburger, a 72-year-old retiree.
Christian Lindner, FDP party leader told ZDF television: "We want to reverse the trend for our country and if it becomes apparent in talks that these goals can be achieved then of course we will be available (for a coalition) but if not, then it would be our task to go into opposition".