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Netanyahu launches campaign with hardline speech

Netanyahu launches campaign with hardline speech

Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu has opened his campaign for prime minister by staking out a hardline position toward Syria and the Palestinians.
Netanyahu told parliament on Monday that if he becomes prime minister, he will seek peace with Israel's neighbors. But he says Israel must keep the Golan Heights, large parts of the West Bank or any of Jerusalem.
Syria demands the Golan as part of any peace deal, while the Palestinians claim the West Bank and east Jerusalem for a future independent state. Israel captured the areas in the 1967 Mideast war.
During the session, Israel's president, Shimon Peres, said the country must hold early elections.
Netanyahu is roughly even in opinion polls against the moderate Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.


Updated : 2020-12-05 19:59 GMT+08:00