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In this Jan. 21, 2013 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, is surrounded by bodyguards as he arrives with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, second right, and Likud party member Moshe Kahlon, left, to brief the media in Jerusalem. Even before Israel’s hastily called election campaign kicks into high gear, a former ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is shaping up to be this round’s wildcard and potential kingmaker. Kahlon was the most popular Likud minister in Netanyahu’s previous government, drawing wide appeal for both his working-class character and for pushing daring reforms. But prior to the 2013 election he abruptly quit politics over differences with Netanyahu. Now he’s back with a new centrist party that focuses on Israel’s economic woes and could tip the scales in favor of those seeking to topple the longtime Israeli leader. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

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