U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough addresses the media in Tegucigalpa in this November 28, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera/Files
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The White House Monday bluntly warned Israel that its occupation of Palestinian territories must end, dismissing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's efforts to take back controversial campaign pledges.McDonough criticized Netanyahu's pre-election pledge to block the creation of a Palestinian state – the supposed end goal of decades of fruitless peace talks – and he questioned Netanyahu's efforts to undo the damage.Netanyahu Monday apologized for election day comments claiming that Arabs were voting in "droves," comments which also drew criticism from the U.S.He has also tried to downplay his pledge to oppose a two-state solution, insisting Israel's policy has not changed.
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