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Netanyahu win forces US re-think on peace strategy

Confetti falls in front of a poster of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as supporters of his Likud party take part in celebrations on March 17, 2015 in Tel AvivThe US vowed Wednesday to continue to push for a Palestinian state, but admitted a hardline campaign stand by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has forced a re-evaluation of its strategy. Netanyahu’s election victory was met coolly by the White House, which left Secretary of State John Kerry the job of phoning the Israeli leader to congratulate him — taking a break from talks on an controversial Iran nuclear deal to do so. US President Barack Obama will call “in the coming days,” the White House said. “It was a brief phone call,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki added, refusing to characterize it as a “warm” conversation amid frosty relations between Netanyahu and the Obama administration.

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