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Political map in Israel swings sharply to the right after elections

Mr Benjamin Netanyahu has dominated Israeli politics for two decades and has served as prime minister no fewer than five times. PHOTO: REUTERS
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LONDON - With all the ballots of the Israeli elections now counted, it is not only clear that Mr Benjamin Netanyahu, the country’s most controversial leader, has staged a spectacular comeback as prime minister but also that Israel’s entire political map has swung sharply to the right.

For the Palestinians and those still hopeful of a peaceful solution to the Middle East’s oldest conflict, prospects look decidedly grim over the next few years.

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