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  5/17/2012, Iyar 25, 5772

TIME Cover Story: King Bibi


The American news magazine TIME devoted its cover story, this week, to an interview with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. While the use of blue ink on the cover to call Netanyahu "King Bibi" in the just-released edition might be construed as a play on the name of American blues artist B.B. King, TIME editor Rick Stengel noted Netanyahu's political power, especially after absorbing Kadima into the coalition, adding that the Likud leader might stay in the position of prime minister longer than anyone since David Ben-Gurion.

At a news conference in the Czech Republic, the prime minister reacted by saying, "Israel is a democratic state and not a monarchy, and I don't forget that for a moment."

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