Netanyahu makes Time 100 list

PM is an ‘iconic’ leader, writes US congressman in an accompanying article

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is featured on the Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world in 2012.

The annual list is put together by editors of the magazine and includes political and cultural figures, without ranking their influence.

In an accompanying column, US House Majority Leader Eric Cantor described an “iconic” Netanyahu as “a strong, determined leader who has excelled during a lifetime of service to the state of Israel.”

Cantor praised Netanyahu for drawing attention to the nuclear threat from Iran “at a time of tremendous international instability and growing danger.”

“He deserves credit for drawing attention to the threat Iran poses to Israel, to America, to the region, to its own people and to the free world,” Cantor wrote.

This is the second consecutive year that Netanyahu made the list and he is joined by, among others, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and her sister Pippa, tennis champion Novak Djokovic, and pop singer Rihanna.

Familiar names on this year’s register are Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, both of whom are making their seventh appearance on the list. The highest number of appearances is nine, a record held by talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

Story via Times of Israel

Abu Marzook: Hamas won’t honor peace treaty with Israel

In interview with US-based Jewish daily, Hamas official says has nothing against Jews in general, only those ‘who occupied my land’

Hamas‘s deputy politburo chief Mousa Abu Marzook told Jewish daily Forward that Israeland the Palestinians should reach a ceasefire agreement without Hamas recognizing Israel as a state. He stressed that the Islamist movement will not honor any peace treaty with Israel.

In an interview with the US-based Jewish daily, Abu Marzook said, “We will not recognize Israel as a state. It will be like the relationship between Lebanon and Israel or Syria and Israel.”

The Hamas official proposed establishing “a relationship between the two states in the historic Palestinian land as a hudna between both sides. It’s better than war and better than the continuous resistance against the occupation. And better than Israel occupying the West Bank and Gaza, making all these difficulties and problems on both sides.”

Abu Marzook also said he distinguishes between Jews living in Israel and Jews in the US. “We don’t have originally something against the Jew as a religion or against the Jew as a human being,” he said.

“The problem is that the Israelis kicked out my family. They have occupied my land and injured thousands of Palestinians…. I have to differentiate between the Jew who did this problem to my people and (American) Jews like you, who never did anything bad to my people.”

Abu Marzook was deported from the US in the mid 1990s after Hamas was officially entered into the State Department’s terror watch list. He moved to Damascus and has since served as Khaled Mashaal’s deputy.

Story via YnetNews