'I won't establish Palestinian state', says Netahyahu

(AGI) Rome, March 16 - Almost six million Israelis will becalled to vote in over 10,000 polling stations on Tuesday andchoose between 1,280 candidates in 25 different lists for theparliamentary elections. The election will decide the newcomposition of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, but not thenew prime minister, who is not elected through a direct ballotbut through a complex procedure. However, as long asBenjamin Netanyahu is Israel's leader there will be noPalestinian state. This is the promise made by the leader ofthe Likud party on the eve of the Israeli elections,

(AGI) Rome, March 16 - Almost six million Israelis will becalled to vote in over 10,000 polling stations on Tuesday andchoose between 1,280 candidates in 25 different lists for theparliamentary elections. The election will decide the newcomposition of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, but not thenew prime minister, who is not elected through a direct ballotbut through a complex procedure. However, as long asBenjamin Netanyahu is Israel's leader there will be noPalestinian state. This is the promise made by the leader ofthe Likud party on the eve of the Israeli elections, whoopinion polls give to be the runner-up after the front-runnercentre-left opposition party. "Indeed," Netanyahu told the NRGwebsite, which had asked a question on this point. The replyreflects Netanyahu's clear attempt to win over right-wing votesin order to bridge the gap with Zionist Union leaders IsaacHerzog and Tzipi Livni. For his last pre-election rally,Netanyahu chose a symbolic location like Har Moma', one of themost controversial Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem,considered to be illegal by practically all the internationalcommunity and whose construction was approved by the incumbentprime minister in February 1997, at the beginning of the firstof his three terms in office. "The choice is symbolic: theLikud led by me, that will continue to stand firmly for(Israel's) vital interests, compared with a left-winggovernment ... ready to accept any dictate," he said referringto the Zionist Union led by Isaac Herzog which opinion pollsgive to be in the lead. (AGI) . .