Israel's Netanyahu launches campaign

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu has opened his campaign for prime minister by staking out a hardline position toward Syria and the Palestinians.

Netanyahu told parliament on Monday that if he becomes prime minister, he will seek peace with Israel's neighbors. But he says Israel must keep the Golan Heights, large parts of the West Bank or any of Jerusalem.

Netanyahu, who takes a tough stances against ceding land won in war, is roughly even in opinion polls against the moderate Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.

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