Israeli presidential candidates and former ministers Meir Shitrit, center left, and Reuven Rivlin, center right, shake hands during the President election at the Knesset in Jerusalem, Tuesday, June, 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
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Reuven Rivlin, a right-wing legislator opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state, was elected Israel's president Tuesday to replace the dovish Shimon Peres in the largely ceremonial post.Rivlin, 74, is a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party. Peres, 90, ends his seven-year presidential term in July.Unlike Peres, Rivlin has called for a confederation with the Palestinians rather than negotiating an independent state for them – something Palestinian leaders have long rejected. Congratulating Rivlin at the Knesset ceremony, Netanyahu cited their shared right-wing politics.
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