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Kerry hopes Israel picks government that can address domestic needs, progress on peace efforts

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a news conference in Sharm el-Sheikh March 14, 2015, after attending the Egypt Economic Development Conference the previous day. Kerry says he hopes Israel elects a government that can address the country’s domestic needs and also "meets the hope for peace." (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a news conference in Sharm el-Sheikh March 14, 2015, after attending the Egypt Economic Development Conference the previous day. Kerry says he hopes Israel elects a government that can address the country’s domestic needs and also "meets the hope for peace." (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he hopes Israel elects a government that can address the country's domestic needs and also "meets the hope for peace."

Kerry says the U.S. position for the past 50 years — among Democrats and Republicans alike — has been to support peace.

He says whatever decision Israeli voters make in the election Tuesday, he hopes there will be the chance to move forward on peace efforts afterward.

Kerry didn't want to say more during his news conference Saturday in Egypt — so that no one might misinterpret him as somehow interfering in the election process.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) is in a tight race with moderate challenger Isaac Herzog.