Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
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US Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg slammed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's promise to annex settlements in the West Bank if reelected as a harmful "provocation" to Israeli, Palestinian and American interests, in a tweet on Saturday.
"Supporting Israel does not have to mean agreeing with Netanyahu's politics," Buttigieg said in an apparent attack on President Donald Trump. "This calls for a president willing to counsel our ally against abandoning a two-state solution."
In an interview with Channel 12 on Saturday night, Netanyahu vowed to annex territories in settlements and evacuate the illegal West Bank herding village of Khan Al-Ahmar, if he wins another term in Tuesday's elections.
Buttigieg, 37, is an openly-gay veteran who has earned national attention for leading the revitalization of South Bend, Indiana, where he is mayor.
Buttigieg would be the first openly gay major ticket nominee, but not the first openly-gay candidate. Fred Karger, who is Jewish and gay, sought the Republican nomination in 2012.Ron Kampeas/JTA and Gil Hoffman contributed to this report.
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