Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is described as "a central player in nearly every Middle Eastern crisis" and is ranked 23 in Forbes Magazine's list of the "World's Most Powerful People."

Heading the list, which is dominated by heads of state, is US President Barack Obama, followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is at  number 6, Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud in 7 and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg at 16. Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei was in 21st  place, two places ahead of Netanyahu.  

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