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Israeli lawmakers elect president

Pick opposes Palestinian state, backs Jewish settlements

Posted: June 11, 2014 at 5:29 a.m.

Newly elected Israeli president Reuven Rivlin (right) raises a toast Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, in Jerusalem.

Israel's parliament on Tuesday chose Reuven Rivlin, a veteran nationalist politician and supporter of the Jewish settlement movement, as the country's next president, putting a man opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state into the ceremonial but influential post.

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