Retired Israeli general Benny Gantz (C), mingles with people during an electoral campaign tour, in the city of Rishon Letzion, south of the coastal city of Tel Aviv, February 1, 2019. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's toughest election rival voiced openness Wednesday to a future removal of settlements from the occupied West Bank, sparking debate over diplomacy with the Palestinians as a U.S. peace plan looms.Pollsters see Netanyahu's conservative Likud party winning around 30 of parliament's 120 seats, setting him up for a fifth term. He has ruled out removing settlements from the West Bank, among areas where Palestinians want statehood.Benny Gantz, a popular ex-general whose new Resilience party is gaining ground against Likud with as many as 24 projected seats, stepped into the settlements minefield Wednesday.
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