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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu certainly has reason to celebrate. He surprised nearly everyone by securing a decisive electoral victory, winning a third consecutive term in office after his right-wing Likud party gained a five-seat advantage in the Knesset over its main rival, the center-left Zionist Union.

But the celebration is likely to be short. The way Netanyahu finagled this outcome — renouncing his commitment to a two-state solution with Palestine and pledging to continue building settlements on occupied land — will almost certainly have serious political and diplomatic consequences for Israel.

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