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Benjamin Netanyahu

25 - Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister, Israel
Fortified by populist support at home and powerful friends on Capitol Hill, the conservative, well-connected Israeli leader who supported Republican contender Mitt Romney in the last election is now confronting President Obama on the top two items of his Mideast policy agenda. On Iran, Netanyahu continues to threaten military action while lobbying for additional congressional sanctions that the White House insists would torpedo chances for a diplomatic solution to the nuclear threat. And despite his professed support for a two-state peace deal with the Palestinian National Authority, Netanyahu continues to appease hard-liners in his coalition government by expanding Jewish settlements in the disputed West Bank.

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