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Netanyahu allies blame U.S. criticism on misunderstanding

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (L) speaks during consultations with representatives of the Joint List (R), an alliance of four small Arab-backed parties, at his residence in Jerusalem on March 22, 2015, to hear who they would recommend as prime minister. In Israel, it is not necessarily the leader of the largest party who forms the next government and becomes the premier, but the one who can form a working coalition, preferably with a majority of at least 61 -- in this case, Netanyahu. AFP PHOT

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 23, 2015, on page 8.

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