Israel

Netanyahu Makes Settlement Pledge Ahead of Election

Says no settlements in the West Bank will be removed if he is re-elected

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Israel's prime minister has said no Jewish settlements in the West Bank will be removed during his next term in office if he wins elections on Tuesday.

Benjamin Netanyahu told Israel's Maariv newspaper: "The days when bulldozers uprooted Jews are behind us, not in front of us."

The future of Jewish settlements has been a key stumbling block in peace talks with the Palestinians.