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Lapid knocks Netanyahu off Time 100 list

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April 18, 2013 | 10:22 am

Yair Lapid at the Knesset in Jerusalem on March 4. Photo by Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Yair Lapid at the Knesset in Jerusalem on March 4. Photo by Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Israeli political newcomer Yair Lapid knocked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu off the Time 100 list of most influential people.

The magazine's list was released Thursday and will appear in its print issue dated April 22. The articles about the individuals listed were written by colleagues or admirers.

Lapid "was carried into public office on the frustrations quietly accumulating in the living rooms where he was a fixture for two decades" as a news anchor, Time's Jerusalem Bureau chief, Karl Vick, wrote of Lapid.

Netanyahu had appeared on the list in 2011 and 2012.

Among other Jews noted on the list are Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX private space travel; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elana Kagan; Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer; Google COO Sheryl Sandberg; College Board President David Coleman; former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, now a gun control advocate; Google Ideas founder Jared Cohen; and actress and producer Lena Dunham.

The article on Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef was written by American satirist Jon Stewart, who wrote that "Bassem Youssef does my job in Egypt. The only real difference between him and me is that he performs his satire in a country still testing the limits of its hard-earned freedom, where those who speak out against the powerful still have much to fear."

House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) wrote of Vice President Joe Biden, "His list of accomplishments is impressive, but most impressive to me is his ability to build bridges, bring people together and get things done."

Both President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama appear on the list, as does Kate Middleton and Pope Francis.

Time is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its 100 most influential people list.

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