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US to ‘reassess’ policy on Israel, Mideast: Obama

DAMAGED TIES:After Netanyahu took a position that opposes Palestinian statehood in his re-election campaign, Obama said the US may stop shielding Israel at the UN

Reuters, WASHINGTON

Netanyahu touched off the diplomatic storm with his comments on the eve of Tuesday’s election that he would not allow a Palestinian state, widely seen as intended to mobilize his right-wing base when his electoral hopes were flagging.

The goal of Palestinian statehood is a central principle of US diplomacy going back decades. However, Obama’s previous peace efforts have failed and prospects for renewed diplomacy were already low.

US officials scolded Netanyahu not only for abandoning his commitment to a Palestinian state, but also for his election-day accusation that left-wingers were working to get Israel’s minority Arab voters out “in droves” to sway the election.

“It’s a pretty cynical tactic,” Earnest said.

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