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October 31, 2013 9:53 am

Forbes Ranks Khamenei Above Netanyahu in Global Power List

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Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Photo: Screenshot.

Consider it a very small victory for Iran.

Forbes’s latest “The World’s Most Powerful People” list places Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khamenei, four spots higher than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Khamenei, who comes in at #23 this year, a spot ahead of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, actually dropped two places from last year, when he ranked #21.

Reports that Khamenei’s health is failing don’t seem to have affected his status on the global stage.

The supreme leader of the Islamic Republic, having final say on all domestic and foreign policy issues, has seen his country benefit from the election of the sweet talking Hassan Rouhani to the presidency this year.

Rouhani’s so-called “charm offensive”  has, thus far, paid dividends for Iran on the world stage, where Iran has made strides in its effort to engage the West over its nuclear program, to avoid military conflict, much to the chagrin of Netanyahu, who, has called for a tougher stance against the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions.

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  • Amy

    Iran, like any other nation should have the same rights to prepare for its self defense.
    Our Founding Fathers claimed: To insure peace be prepared for war. They also warned and practiced: We, as a nation, shall not interfere with the internal affairs of another nation.

    Our safety, our liberties and freedoms, depend upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our Founding Fathers made it inviolate.

    The people of the United States are the masters of Congress and the Courts, to overthrow the men/women who pervert the Constitution.

    Amelia P Aremia

  • judorebbe

    Forbes didn’t read “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”

    • Stuart Hersh

      Forbes din’t read “Mein Kampf”

  • Sandy Brown

    All I know about this man (Khamenei is that he has been ill and so I think he may be on his way off this mortal coil. That would be the best news.

  • ML/NJ

    Probably correct.

    ML/NJ (American Jew)