NEW YORK (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made Time magazine’s 2012 list of the 100 most influential people in the world for the second year in a row.
Netanyahu is called an "iconic, strong and determined leader who has excelled during a lifetime of service to the state of Israel" in a profile written by U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the majority leader in the House of Representatives.
"At this perilous moment, Prime Minister Netanyahu is the right leader for Israel — and the right partner for America," Cantor wrote.
Time’s list of those who “inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world" features "breakouts, pioneers, moguls, leaders and icons.” It includes Harvey Weinstein, one of Hollywood’s most successful producers, who recently contributed to the documentary "Bully." Anonymous, a hacker group that threatened a reign of terror against Israel and to systematically wipe the country off of the internet, also appears on the list.
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are on the list, as are Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (the former Kate Middleton, who is married to Prince William), and her sister, Pippa Middleton, and athletes Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin.
Syrian President Bashar Assad appears on the list as a "rogue."