Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits, on March 18, 2015, the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem following his party Likud's victory in Israel's general election. AFP PHOTO/THOMAS COEX
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Palestinian leaders Wednesday called for international pressure on Israel and support for their unilateral moves toward statehood after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's election win.Netanyahu's surprise victory, after pledging in the final days of the campaign that there would be no Palestinian state as long as he was in power, left Palestinians grim about prospects for a negotiated solution to a decades-old conflict.Seeking to shore up right-wing votes and saying that Islamist militants would move into any territory relinquished by Israel, Netanyahu also vowed to keep building settlements on occupied land Palestinians seek for a state.In the West Bank city of Ramallah, taxi driver Zeyad Maaly said Palestinians should now rise up against Israel in the occupied territory.Ismail Ahmed, who drives a taxi in Hamas Islamist-run Gaza, where Israel and Palestinian militant groups fought a 50-day war last summer, said Palestinians should now put aside their differences and join in a common front against Israel.
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