Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed victory in Israel's election over his predominant challenger, former military chief of personnel Benny Gantz, though it appears he may simply be quick of securing a parliamentary majority to shape the next government. Exit polls after Monday's vote, the third in much less than a year, suggested Netanyahu's Likud celebration and its ultra-religious and nationalist allies had captured 59 of the a hundred and twenty seats in the Knesset - pointing to yet another deadlock. For Palestinians, however, the consequence of the election would make little difference. "Israeli leaders are two facets of the identical coin when it comes to dealing with the Palestinians," Wasel Abu Yousef, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) government committee, He stated that, notwithstanding their differences, Israel's political heavyweights all agree to keep "denying the Palestinians' right to self-determination [and] proper of return, maintaining the unlawful settlements and to in no way ending the occupation of Jerusalem.
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