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Netanyahu Says There Will Be No Palestinian State If Re-Elected
July 10, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday that he will not support the creation of a Palestinian state if re-elected.
"Anyone who is going to establish a Palestinian state, anyone who is going to evacuate territories today, is simply giving a base for attacks to radical Islam," he said, according to CNN.
The announcement comes just one day before Israel's elections, and is a blatant reversal of Netanyahu's previous promise to seek a two-state solution to the regional conflict.
After being re-elected in 2009, the prime minister delivered a speech saying:
"There are two free peoples living side by side in this small land, with good neighborly relations and mutual respect, each with its flag, anthem and government, with neither one threatening its neighbor's security and existence."
The White House has not yet commented on the news, though it is expected to worsen the existing tension between Netanyahu and President Obama, who has been pushing for a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.
The election, which will take place on Tuesday, puts Netanyahu of the center-right Likud party in a close race against Isaac Herzog of the center-left Zionist Union coalition. The outcome will be announced the following day.