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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Benjamin Netanyahu wins Election in Israel as the Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu won the election as Israel's Prime Minster. Netanyahu pledged to form a new governing coalition. Netanyahu has abandoned negotiations for a Palestinian state - and promised to build settlements on occupied land. Netanyahu's Likud had won 29 or 30 seats in the 120-member Knesset, defeating the center-left Zionist Union. He is the longest-serving leader in the country's history. Likud said Netanyahu intend to form a new government within weeks. "The citizens of Israel expect us to quickly put together a leadership that will work for them regarding security, economy and society as we committed to do - and we will do so," Netanyahu said. Isaac Herzog, leader of the Zionist Union, conceded defeat. Herzog said he would not join a Netanyahu-led government. The White House and and the European Union, are critical of some Netanyahu's views on Palestine.