Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu open mouth 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Yin Dongxun)
Joining the likes of US President Barack Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and teen pop sensation Justin Bieber, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was named by Time Magazine Thursday as one of the 100 most influential people of 2011.
Writing about the prime minister in the Time special, Council of Foreign Relations President Richard Haas described Netanyahu a person that "almost everyone" finds "hard to read."
Haas noted Netanyahu's ambiguous stance regarding Palestinian statehood
and the clarifications he is expected to make in coming weeks as putting
at stake, "nothing less than his legacy."
The blurb on the prime minister also pokes fun at his nickname among the
Israeli public and media. "Now in his second stint as Israel's Prime
Minister, he is Bibi; as with Bono, a single name suffices," Haas wrote.
"Bibi" was ranked 2011's 80th most influential person in the Time Magazine
Neighboring Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah did not enjoy the same
levels of support, coming in 135th in the poll. Noting the challenges
his group faces with Hezbollah's ventures into Lebanon's tumultuous
political world, Time
writes that Nasrallah will be closely watched as
Hezbollah "teeters between using force or politics to achieve its
Acknowledging the changes taking place in the Middle East as a result of
popular uprisings, the Time
poll also named someone who was unknown to
the world a few months ago, but now partly symbolizes the Egyptian
Coming in 26th on the list, Wael Ghonim, a Google executive, is credited
as one of the main forces who used online social technologies such as
Facebook to organize and amplify the revolution that toppled former
Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.