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Jerusalem Correspondent — Guardian, The Observer

Jerusalem correspondent of the Guardian and the Observer. Tweets my own. RTs not an endorsement. The usual drill.

Netanyahu backtracks on rejecting two states, but damage is already done — Binyamin Netanyahu's contradictory statements - a few days apart - on whether or not he supports a two-state solution are so at odds that they are at first hard to reconcile. On Monday - the eve of Israeli elections - he unequivocally disavowed his support - first given in a speech in 2009 - for a Palestinian state.

Jerusalem at boiling point of polarisation and violence - EU report — A hard-hitting EU report on Jerusalem warns that the city has reached a dangerous boiling point of "polarisation and violence" not seen since the end of the second intifada in 2005.

Netanyahu retreats from pre-election stance on Palestinian state — Binyamin Netanyahu has attempted to row back on his declaration that he would not allow the creation of a Palestinian state, amid mounting international criticism of his comments made before his decisive win in Israel's election on Tuesday. In his first interview since his election victory Netanyahu said: "I don't want a one-state solution.

Netanyahu's victory is clear break with US-led peace process — In his sports shop in the Palestinian village of Hizme, Mohammad al-Kiswani, aged 52, reflected bleakly on the re-election of Binyamin Netanyahu. "When Netanyahu won," he said, "he dried the last drop of water that could quench our thirst for a state. This time he will be more radical.

Israel election result: Binyamin Netanyahu surges to victory — Binyamin Netanyahu's rightwing Likud party has scored a dramatic victory in Israel's election, surging past its main rival, the centre-left Zionist Union, to win most seats in the Knesset. Despite the scale of his win, Netanyahu's victory is likely to carry heavy political and diplomatic costs for Israel, as he swerved sharply right in his efforts to attract an increasingly hardline vote taken largely from pro-settlement nationalist and religious parties.

Israel election: Bibi the magician pulls off a victory - but at what cost? — The first and most immediate take away from Binyamin Netanyahu's surprise victory is perhaps the least surprising. Netanyahu, who was nicknamed "Bibi the magician" in the 1990s for his formidable electoral skills not only knew what buttons to push to secure re-election but did so shamelessly, playing on the anxieties of the Israeli right.

Israel election: exit polls show deadlock between Netanyahu and Herzog — Binyamin Netanyahu's last-minute campaign to persuade voters not to abandon his Likud party appears to have succeeded as exit polls from Israel's general election showed him deadlocked with his main rival, Isaac Herzog of the Zionist Union.

Polls open in Israel at end of bitter election campaign — Israeli voters headed to the polls on Tuesday at the end of a close fought and bitter election campaign. With Binyamin Netanyahu trailing in the last opinion polls to his main rival, Yitzhak Herzog of the opposition Zionist Union, today's election has been presented to Israelis - some 5.8 million of whom are eligible to vote - as a choice over the country's future direction.

Israel election: Binyamin Netanyahu rules out Palestinian state as voting begins — Israel's prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has unequivocally ruled out the establishment of a Palestinian state as he vowed to strengthen construction of settlements in occupied east Jerusalem should he be re-elected on Tuesday. Netanyahu's comments reinforced his hardening message of recent days and confirmed his final abandonment of his at best tepid commitment to a two-state solution designed to see the creation of an independent Palestinian state.

Israel's election - the Guardian briefing — Israel goes to the polls on Tuesday after a snap election called by the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, at the beginning of December. His coalition foundered due to deep splits in the cabinet over the 2015 budget and a contentious bill aimed at enshrining Israel's status as a Jewish state, which critics claimed would discriminate against Israel's minorities and damage its democratic character.
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Mar 17, 2015

RT @danielhalevy: #Israelelex first polls show Likud winning most seats, but left-leaning+centrst parties+Arab list HOLDING 61 SEATS.

Mar 17, 2015

RT @BBCKimGhattas: Does Obama ask Bibi to walk back his statement abt a Palestinian state bfore congratulating him if he becomes PM?

Mar 17, 2015

Quite how incumbent Netanyahu claims a "great victory" ending neck and neck with his main rival is a bit beyond me.

Mar 17, 2015

RT @lisang: Very very interesting that Bennett got only 8 seats.

Mar 17, 2015

Exit polls a mess - Channel 10 calls tie 27-27/ Channel 1 25-22 to Herzog/ Channel 2 28-27 to Likud

Mar 17, 2015

RT @LukeReuters: Far-right leader Lieberman basically just cast #Israel's 20-percent Arab minority as a future branch of ISIS or al-Qaeda

Mar 17, 2015

RT @mandeljonah: Arab Joint List optimistic, citing 10% Arab participation in vote as of 10:00, compared to 3% last election. 3rd largest Israeli party?

Mar 17, 2015

All suggestions a big turn out in Israeli elections . Evidence of effective gotv on all sides

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