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December 15, 2016 6:13 pm

Israeli PM Netanyahu Breaks Into Top 20 on Forbes List of World’s Most Powerful People; Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei Stays at 18

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: YouTube screenshot.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moved up one position to 20th in Forbes Magazine’s newly-published 2016 list of the world’s most powerful people, while Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stayed put at 18th.

Netanyahu’s “positions are unwavering — and with a supportive American president entering office, there will be little reason to bend,” Forbes said. “Though politics remain turbulent in his tiny Middle East country of 8 million people, innovation continues to thrive. Israel is dubbed ‘startup nation’ and boasts the highest number of startups per capita in the world.”

Khamenei, Forbes noted, has “worked to establish Iran as a world player in the nuclear field, and has maintained fierce antipathy towards the United States.”

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The top 10 on the Forbes list were as follows: Russian President Vladimir Putin (No. 1 for the fourth year in a row), US President-elect Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Pope Francis, Chairwoman of the US Federal Reserve Janet Yellen, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Google co-founder Larry Page, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Meanwhile, Khamenei on Wednesday — according to the Iranian regime-aligned news agency Tasnim — said that Israel would not exist in 25 years if “the resistance and striving of Palestinian groups” continues.

The Iranian leader made the remark during a meeting in Tehran with Ramadan Shalah — the head of the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organization.

Netanyahu on Wednesday — while visiting Kazakhstan — cautioned, “Iran should understand that Israel is not a rabbit, it is a tiger. If Iran ever hurts Israel, it will put itself in danger.”

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