Israeli Settlement Backers Set to Gain in Election, Bennett Says

December 8, 2014 11:16 PM

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Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said his wing of the outgoing coalition government, which backs Jewish settlements and opposes a Palestinian state, will emerge strengthened from March elections.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the early vote last week, breaking up his bickering coalition less than halfway through its four-year term. Bennett, whose Jewish Home group is tipped to gain seats, said peace talks aren’t a priority and Israel’s war with Gaza Strip militants in July and Aug...

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