Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu gestures to supporters at party headquarters in Tel Aviv

U.S. rebukes Israel's victorious Netanyahu on Mideast policy

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu gestures to supporters at party headquarters in Tel AvivBy Roberta Rampton and Patricia Zengerle CLEVELAND/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Wednesday scolded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following his re-election victory for abandoning his commitment to negotiate for a Palestinian state and for what it called “divisive” campaign rhetoric toward Israel’s minority Arab voters. In a hard-right shift in the final days of campaigning, Netanyahu backtracked on his support for eventual creation of a Palestinian state – the cornerstone of more than two decades of peace efforts – and promised to continue building Jewish settlements on occupied land.

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