March 16, 2015 / 3:03 PM / 5 years ago

Netanyahu says Palestinian state won't arise if he stays prime minister

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a right-wing rally in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square March 15, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that as long as he remains Israel’s leader, a Palestinian state would not be established.

Asked by the Israeli news site NRG if no Palestinian state would arise should he remain prime minister, Netanyahu said: “Indeed.”

His remarks appeared aimed at rallying right-wing support, a day before Israel’s election. Opinion polls show Netanyahu’s Likud party trailing the centre-left Zionist Union alliance. Netanyahu has said in the past he envisaged the creation of a demilitarized Palestinian state as part of a permanent peace deal.

Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Jeffrey Heller

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