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The Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post published an annual list of “the most influential Jews in the world.” The first place in it was taken by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.
As the newspaper writes, this year the Ukrainian president has earned the rare status of a “global icon” for a politician. Against the backdrop of the situation around Ukraine, Zelensky is “one of the most influential people in the world today, not only the most influential Jew in the world,” TASS quoted the report as saying.
Israel’s Prime Minister Yair Lapid came second, followed by French Prime Minister Elisabeth Born, whose parents survived the Holocaust. Also in the top ten most influential Jews on the planet are US Ambassador to Israel Tom Neides (4th place), ex-Prime Minister of Israel, current opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu (5th place), US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken (8th place).
In total, the list includes 50 names of politicians, public figures, scientists, entrepreneurs, and cultural figures of Jewish origin living both in Israel and abroad. The publication of the rating is timed to coincide with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, celebrated these days.