WASHINGTON - Time magazine published its annual list of the world's 100 most influential people on Thursday. The list included, among others, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Each member of the list received a profile written by a known figure. Quartet envoy to the Middle East Tony Blair was chosen to write about Fayyad: "His reforms have led to dramatic improvements in security and the economy in the West Bank: Palestinians can move around more freely, jobs have been created, civil servants receive a regular salary, and people generally feel safer.
"These strides, as well as the stringent fiscal measures introduced by his government, are mighty accomplishments that are recognized by the international community and Israelis alike," he wrote.
"It is this conviction — and his unquestionable personal integrity — that allows him to keep going in the face of daunting odds."
Erdogan was presented as an aspiring spokesperson of the Muslim word. His campaign against Israel was also noted.
The list also featured Iranian opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi, US President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. It was divided into four groups, each containing 25 figures: leaders, artists, innovators and icons.