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Daoud Kuttab

Ramallah – Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu certainly has reason to celebrate. He surprised nearly everyone by securing a decisive electoral victory, winning a third consecutive term in office after his right-wing Likud party gained a five-seat advantage in the Knesset over its main rival, the center-left Zionist Union. But the celebration is likely to be short. The way Netanyahu finagled this outcome – renouncing his commitment to a two-state solution with Palestine and pledging to continue building settlements on occupied land – will almost certainly have serious political and diplomatic consequences for Israel.

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Mark N. Katz,  Special to Addis Standard

 
I visited Paris March 4-10, 2015, to talk with people there about Russian policy toward Ukraine and related issues. I was able to speak with highly knowledgeable French government officials, scholars, and journalists about this subject. I will not cite the views of specific individuals here, but will give a general sense of the views I heard in Paris.