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White House pushes Palestinian statehood in face of Netanyahu win

The White House says that a two-state solution is still the best way to resolve the dispute in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister’s Benjamin Netanyahu promise this week to prevent further establishment of a Palestinian state notwithstanding.

“A two-state solution is the best way to address this conflict,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday, according to USA Today.

Netanyahu said earlier this week on Monday that he would fend off efforts to create a Palestinian state if he’s re-elected as prime minister of Israel. On Wednesday, the leader declared himself victorious following a narrow win against challenger Isaac Herzog of the center-left Zionist Union.

US President Barack Obama had yet to congratulate Netanyahu on his win as of Wednesday afternoon, and Earnest, the White House spokesman, said he anticipated that a phone call between the two would occur in the coming days. In 2013, Obama waited nearly a week to call Netanyahu after he narrowly won that year’s election.

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