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Israel Elects Hard-Liner Rivlin as Next President

Israel has elected as its next president a conservative lawmaker who is opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state. Reuven Rivlin, 74, is a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party. He is said to have a frosty personal relationship with Netanyahu. Rivlin, who has a reputation for political independence, will replace the dovish Shimon Peres in the largely ceremonial, yet influential post. Congratulating Rivlin at the Knesset ceremony, Netanyahu cited their...

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