Netanyahu makes TIME´s list of 100 most influential people (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Natasha Mozgovaya 04/19/12)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was once again featured on
Time magazine´s annual list of the world´s most influential people,
along with a host of other prominent political and cultural figures.
In a column written for the magazine, Jewish Republican Congressman
and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor praised Netanyahu for
his "transformational" leadership. "Benjamin Netanyahu is one of
these iconic Israelis, a strong, determined leader who has excelled
during a lifetime of service to the state of Israel," wrote Cantor.
"He deserves credit for drawing attention to the threat Iran poses to
Israel, to America, to the region, to its own people and to the free
world… At this perilous moment, Prime Minister Netanyahu is the right
leader for Israel — and the right partner for America," Cantor
Netanyahu also made the list in 2011, but the column written in his
honor then was less effusive. "I´ve known Bibi for decades. We have
clashed, and we have agreed," wrote Council on Foreign Relations
President Richard Haas. "
"Like almost everyone else, I find him hard to read. He is on record
supporting a demilitarized Palestinian state. But few details have
been filled in. We will soon learn more. Nothing less than his
legacy — and more important, the future of the Jewish state — is at
stake," he wrote.
Many of those who were featured in Time magazine´s list of "The 100
most influential people in the world" in 2011 did not make it onto
the list this year.
Wael Ghonim, the Google executive turned Tahrir Square icon, was not
there, nor were Facebook´s Mark Zuckerberg, U.S. Vice President Joe
Biden or First Lady Michelle Obama.
While British Prime Minister David Cameron did not make the list this
year, both Middleton sisters, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and
Pippa did, for being fashion "avatars of aspiration."
None of Russia´s leaders made the list this year, but corruption-
fighting Russian opposition blogger Alexei Navalny did.
U.S. President Barack Obama was on the list, and also penned a column
about Warren Buffet, the billionaire investor who is one of the
anchors of the Obama administration´s initiative to promote fair
taxation of rich Americans. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 04/19/12)
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