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What Netanyahu victory means for West Bank

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The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at [email protected] and tweets @Imran_Jan

The Israeli election is a neck-and-neck fight between the incumbent, Benjamin Netanyahu, and former army general Benny Gantz — tied with 97% of vote counted. In the 120-seat parliament, both Netanyahu-led Likud party and Gantz-led Blue and White party won 35 seats at the time of this writing. However, it appears that Netanyahu would be able to break the record set by Israel’s founding father, David Ben Gurion, to be the longest serving prime minister after winning his fifth term, because he will form a governing coalition with far-right, nationalists, and religious allies.

Just like in Modi’s election campaign where he is calling upon the racist and extremist tendencies of his voters by drumming up an anti-Pakistan rhetoric and war hysteria to galvanise them to help him win, Netanyahu just days ago promised to annex the entire West Bank and make it a part of Israel. There are those in Israel who believe in a two-state........

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