PM Binyamin Netanyahu
PM Binyamin Netanyahu Israel news photo: Flash 90

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is ranked at Number 23 on this year's Forbes List of the 'World's Most Powerful People'. The magazine publishes its list of who it considers to be the most powerful people in the world at the end of each Gregorian calendar year. This year's list was published this week.

Netanyahu was described as “the leader of one of the world's most religiously and geopolitically fraught nations,” and a “central player in nearly every Middle Eastern crisis.”

The magazine also noted that “Israel is widely believed to possess nuclear weapons; its Iron Dome missile defense system proved highly effective in 2012, intercepting more than 400 rockets fired from Gaza over the course of the year.”

The profile included the prime minister's age (63), his residence and country of citizenship (Jerusalem, Israel), a list of his educational credentials, his marital status (married) and the number of his children (3).

This year, U.S. President Barack Obama was listed as Number One, followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the second spot, and Russian President  Vladimir Putin in third. Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud was listed as Number 7. British Prime Minister David Cameron was listed as Number 10, French President Francois Hollande was listed as Number 14, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was listed as Number 16.

Iran's Supreme Leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali Hoseini-Khamenei was listed as Number 21.