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Netanyahu backtracks on campaign vow: 'I don't want a one-state solution'

In his first interview with U.S. media since winning re-election, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday walked back his campaign promise that there would never be a Palestinian state on his watch.

"I don't want a one-state solution," Netanyahu said in an interview with MSNBC. "I want a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution."

Trailing in the polls just ahead of this week's election, Netanyahu took a hard right turn, warning about Arab voter turnout and saying he would never allow for the establishment of a Palestinian nation. —Jon Terbush