Famous Israeli Men

Israeli men are perceived to be hot and handsome by the women all over the world! While Zac Efron and Shia LaBeouf definitely match this stereotype, it would be very unfair to assume that being an Israeli man is all about being good looking. For the record, Israelis are also one of the most intelligent, intellectual and hard working people of the world. In fact, Israel has produced quite a lot of Nobel Prize laureates in the science streams.

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 1 Abraham

Famous As: Religious Leader
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Ur Kaśdim, Mesopotamia

Abraham is an important historical character, considered one of the fathers of the human race by the Abrahamic religions, including Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. Abrahamic religions believe that Abraham was in contact with God; his story and life events have inspired several important paintings, sculptures, works of literature, and music.

 2 John The Baptist

John The Baptist.
Famous As: Jewish Preacher
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Jerusalem

John the Baptist was a 1st century AD Jewish preacher. The Gospels mention John as the forerunner of Jesus, as John announces Jesus's arrival and Jesus describes him as “Elijah who is to come.” It is also believed that John had baptized Jesus. John was eventually beheaded by Herod Antipas.

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 3 Solomon

Famous As: King of Israel
Birthdate: 0990 BC
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel
Died: 0931 BC
Also known as Jedidiah, Israeli king Solomon, known for his wisdom, is a figure that appears in the Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament, the Quran, and Hadiths. He ruled over the United Monarchy. His sins such as idolatry and marrying foreign women led to the disintegration of his kingdom.

 4 Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons.
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tirat Carmel, Israel

Co-founder of the rock band Kiss, Gene Simmons is also known by his stage persona, The Demon.  With his band, he has over 25 gold-certified albums. A devoted philanthropist, he has donated to charities related to underprivileged children. He created an animated series and owns a magazine and a label.

 5 Judas Iscariot

Judas Iscariot.
Famous As: Betrayer of Jesus
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Jerusalem
Died: 0033 AD

Judas Iscariot was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He is remembered for betraying Jesus Christ by kissing him and thereby revealing his identity as a rabbi in front of the authorities who had come to arrest the rabbi. Judas remains a controversial biblical figure and his name is used synonymously with treason or betrayal.

 6 King David

King David
Famous As: Herder, Sovereign, Singer, Prophet, Politician
Birthdate: 1040 BC
Birthplace: Bethlehem
Died: 0970 BC

King David of Israel remains a significant figure not just in Christianity, but also in Judaism and Islam. The Books of Samuel describe him as a shepherd. Legends also mention how he killed the giant Goliath and had an affair with Bathsheba. He was also a poet and a psalmist.

 7 Saint George

Saint George.
Famous As: Christian martyr
Birthdate: 0280 AD
Birthplace: Cappadocia
Died: April 23, 0303

Saint George was a Christian soldier in the Roman army who is accepted as a saint in Christianity. He was sentenced to death for refusing to recant his Christian faith and was executed by decapitation, according to Greek tradition.  Saint George's Day is celebrated in his memory on 23 April. He is one of the most venerated saints in Christianity.

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 8 Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu.
Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: October 21, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

The current Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu is the longest-serving prime minister in the history of Israel. Before becoming a politician, Netanyahu had a prolific military career; he played important roles in the Yom Kippur War and the War of Attrition and participated in missions, such as Operation Isotope and Operation Gift.

 9 Isaiah

Famous As: Judean Prophet
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Kingdom of Judah

Israelite prophet Isaiah is mentioned in the Book of Isaiah of the Bible. Some believe the 8th-century prophet had written all the 66 chapters of the Book of Isaiah, while others believe two separate portions were written by two people. He also finds mention in Judaism and Islam.

 10 Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph.
Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Bethlehem
Famous as the patron of the universal church in Roman Catholicism, Saint Joseph was married to Mary and was the guardian or foster father of JesusJoseph is revered as Saint Joseph in the Oriental Orthodox Church, Catholic Church, Anglicanism, Lutheranism, and the Orthodox Church. Joseph is regarded as the patron saint of workers, in Catholic traditions.

 11 David Ben-Gurion

David Ben-Gurion.
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Israel
Birthdate: October 16, 1886
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Płonsk, Poland
Died: December 1, 1973
David Ben-Gurion was the founder of the State of Israel and also served as Israel’s first prime minister. He was the leader of the Jews in British Mandate Palestine and had also been the country’s defense minister and the chairman of the Provisional State Council of Israel.

 12 Eli Cohen

Eli Cohen.
Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: December 6, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: May 18, 1965
Israeli spy Eli Cohen is remembered for his espionage activities from 1961 to 1965 in Syria, where he served as the chief advisor to the defense minister. He was eventually convicted and publicly hanged. His story later inspired the Netflix miniseries The Spy and the TV film The Impossible Spy.

 13 Ethan Klein

Ethan Klein.
Famous As: YouTuber
Birthdate: June 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Ethan Klein is best known as part the duo h3h3Productions, along with his Israeli wife, Hila Klein. The couple has a popular YouTube channel that showcases their sketch-comedy pieces. They also own a podcast and a clothing company and are part of the h3h3 Character Pack of Payday 2.

 14 Daniel Kahneman

Daniel Kahneman.
Famous As: American-Israeli psychologist
Birthdate: March 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel

Daniel Kahneman is an Israeli economist and psychologist. He was honored with the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on behavioral economics. In 2011, Kahneman was named among the top global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. In 2015, Daniel Kahneman was ranked seventh in the most influential economist in the world list published by The Economist.

 15 Moshe Dayan

Moshe Dayan.
Famous As: Israeli Military & Political Leader
Birthdate: May 20, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Degania Alef, Israel
Died: October 16, 1981

Born to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, military leader/politician Moshe Dayan, grew up to be an revered for his exploits against Israel’s Arab neighbors. His invasion of the Sinai peninsula is etched in his memoir, Diary of the Sinai Campaign. Following his death, his eye patch was sold on eBay for US$75,000.

 16 Amar'e Stoudemire

Amar'e Stoudemire
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: November 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lake Wales, Florida

 17 Josephus

Famous As: Historian, Scholar
Birthdate: 0037 AD
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel
Died: 0100 AD

Josephus was a Romano-Jewish historian. He played a major role during the First Jewish–Roman War, where he fought against the Romans as head of Jewish forces. However, he surrendered to Roman forces in 67 CE. As a historian, Josephus' works provide the first-known source for stories considered Biblical history. These stories include the narration of the Siege of Masada

 18 Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres.
Famous As: Former President of Israel
Birthdate: August 2, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wiszniew, Poland
Died: September 28, 2016
Shimon Peres had been both the president and prime minister of Israel (twice). He was also part of five political parties in his 70-year career and had held important cabinet posts such as the minister of finance. He won the Nobel Peace Prize along with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat.

 19 Thomas the Apostle

Thomas the Apostle.
Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Galilee, Israel
Died: December 21, 0072

Thomas the Apostle was one of Jesus Christ's Twelve Apostles, according to the New Testament. He is often called Doubting Thomas as he doubted Jesus' resurrection. Widely considered the patron saint of India, Thomas is believed to have traveled to present-day Kerala, where Christianity is a major religion. Hence, he is credited with popularizing the religion in South India.

 20 Samson

Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Zorah

Mentioned in the biblical Book of Judges, Samson was an Israelite warrior, known for his long hair, which was the reason behind his superhuman strength. He had killed a lion with his bare hands but was eventually betrayed by his lover, Delilah, who cut his hair while he slept.

 21 Itzhak Perlman

Itzhak Perlman.
Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: August 31, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tel Aviv
A bout of polio at age 4 left Itzhak Perlman’s legs paralyzed but could not deter his spirit. The Juilliard alumnus has won 16 Grammys and the coveted Leventritt Prize for his phenomenal compositions. He has also served as a conductor for Detroit Symphony and orchestras. 

 22 Yitzhak Rabin

Yitzhak Rabin.
Famous As: 5th Prime Minister of Israel
Birthdate: March 1, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jerusalem
Died: November 4, 1995

Israeli politician, statesman, and general, Yitzhak Rabin, served two stints as the prime minister of Israel. As a young man, he joined the military and served for nearly three decades. He had an extensive political career as well and played a key role in embracing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. He was assassinated in November 1995.

 23 Ariel Sharon

Ariel Sharon.
Famous As: Prime Minister of Israel
Birthdate: February 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: British Mandate of Palestine
Died: January 11, 2014

Ariel Sharon was the Israeli prime minister from 2001 to 2006. As a commander of the Israeli Army, he had participated in the Palestine War of 1948 and the 1967 Six-Day War. He was removed as the defense minister after he led the massacre of Palestinians in the Lebanon War.

 24 Benny Hinn

Benny Hinn.
Birthdate: December 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jaffa

Israeli televangelist Benny Hinn gained fame with his Miracle Crusades held in stadiums across major cities and broadcast worldwide on his show This Is Your Day. He incorrectly predicted twice that the world would end. He has also authored several books, such as Lord, I Need a Miracle.

 25 Daniel Pearl

Daniel Pearl.
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 1, 2002

Daniel Pearl was an American journalist who was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan. He was kidnapped when he visited Pakistan to investigate the alleged links between Al-Qaeda and British citizen Richard Reid. Since his death, several institutions and schools have been named after him. His parents formed the Daniel Pearl Foundation in 2002 to continue his mission.

 26 Ishmael

Famous As: Abraham's Son
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Canaan

An important figure in the Tanakh and the Quran, Ishmael was the first son of Abraham according to the Bible. He is considered to be the ancestor of the Ishmaelites and patriarch of Qaydār. According to the Genesis account, he was the son of Abraham and Sarah's Egyptian handmaiden Hagar and reportedly died at the age of 137 years. 

 27 Oded Fehr

Oded Fehr
Famous As: Stage actor, Film actor
Birthdate: November 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Venezuela

Oded Fehr is an Israeli actor best known for playing Ardeth Bay in the 1999 film The Mummy. Fehr went on to reprise his role in the 2001 sequel The Mummy Returns. His portrayal of Ardeth earned him similar roles in films like Resident Evil: Apocalypse. Over the years, he has also established himself as a TV actor in America.

 28 Jeff Wilbusch

Jeff Wilbusch
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Jeff Wilbusch is an Israeli-German actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Moishe Lefkovitch in a drama television miniseries titled Unorthodox for which he was honored at the 25th Satellite Awards with the Best Supporting Actor award under the Series, Miniseries or Television Film category.

 29 Jeremiah

Famous As: Prophet
Birthdate: 0655 BC
Birthplace: Anathoth
Died: 0586 BC

Jeremiah was one of the major prophets, according to the Hebrew Bible. As per Jewish tradition, he authored the Book of Lamentations, the Books of Kings, and the Book of Jeremiah. According to Judaism, Jeremiah is the second of the major prophets and the Book of Jeremiah is often considered a part of the religion's canon.

 30 Adam Neumann

Adam Neumann.
Famous As: Co-founder of WeWork
Birthdate: March 7, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Adam Neumann is an Israeli-American businessman. He is credited with co-founding the popular commercial real estate company, WeWork, which he established in 2010 alongside his wife Rebekah Neumann and Miguel McKelvey. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Adam Neumann had aspirations like becoming the first trillionaire, living forever, and becoming president of the world.

 31 Ezekiel

Famous As: Prophet
Birthdate: 0622 BC
Birthplace: Jerusalem
Died: 0570 BC

The Book of Ezekiel, or The Prophecy of Ezechiel, of the Hebrew Bible talks about Ezekiel, the prophet. He is said to have lived near the Chebar River during the Babylonian Captivity. In about 592 BC, Ezekiel received a religious call, having viewed the “throne-chariot” of God in a vision.

 32 Saul the King

Saul the King
Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1079 BC
Birthplace: Gibeah
Died: 1012 BC

Saul the King reigned as the first king of the United Monarchy (Israel and Judah) from 1037 to 1010 BCE. His reign played a major role in helping the then-civilization undergo a major transition from a tribal society to statehood. According to a biblical summary, Saul was a successful king. He conducted several military campaigns against kingdoms like Aram Rehob.

 33 Nicodemus

Famous As: Religious Leader
Birthdate: 0000 BC

Nicodemus was a member of the Sanhedrin who finds mention in the Gospel of John. According to the gospel, Nicodemus provides the embalming spices required to prepare the body of Jesus for burial after the Crucifixion of Jesus. He is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church and in the various Eastern Churches.

 34 Chaim Topol

Chaim Topol.
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 9, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tel Aviv
Israeli actor Chaim Topol is best known for his Golden Globe-winning titular role in Sallah Shabati. He began his career with Israeli theater and later co-founded Haifa Theatre. He also earned an Academy Award nomination and won a Golden Globe for playing Tevye in the musical Fiddler on the Roof.

 35 Jonah

Famous As: prophet
Birthdate: 0800 BC
Birthplace: Nineveh
Died: 0900 BC

The Book of Jonah of the Old Testament talks about Jonah, the prophet. Jonah apparently set sail to Tarshish instead of listening to God and traveling to Nineveh to warn its citizens of God’s wrath due to its wickedness. However, shipwrecked, he eventually ends up warning Nineveh of the impending danger.

 36 Uri Geller

Uri Geller.
Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: December 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tel Aviv
Illusionist, magician, and psychic Uri Geller is best known for his spoon-bending skills, which he has highlighted on many TV shows. He has also acted in the horror film Sanitarium. He has attributed his powers to aliens. He, however, failed to bend spoons on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

 37 Nas Daily

Nas Daily
Famous As: Video blogger
Birthdate: February 9, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Arraba, Israel Arraba, Israel

 38 Ralph Bakshi

Ralph Bakshi.
Famous As: Director of Animated Films
Birthdate: October 29, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Haifa
Animation filmmaker Ralph Bakshi revolutionized the domain of animation through adult-oriented projects. He started his career with Terrytoons and eventually launched his own studio. Some of his features include Fritz the Cat, the 1978 version of The Lord of the Rings, and the series Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures.

 39 Baldwin IV of Jerusalem

Baldwin IV of Jerusalem.
Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1161 AD
Birthplace: Kingdom of Jerusalem
Died: March 16, 1185

Though seriously hindered by leprosy, Baldwin IV, who came to power at the age of 13, was successful in defending his Jerusalem kingdom during his nearly 11-year rule. His reign was marked by his confrontations with Saladin, the ruler of Egypt and Syria. Also known as The Leper King, Baldwin slowed Saladin’s military campaigns. He was succeeded by his nephew.

 40 Vince Offer

Vince Offer
Famous As: Director
Birthdate: April 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Israel

Vince Offer is an Israeli-American writer, director, infomercial pitchman, and comedian. He is credited with directing the 1999 comedy film The Underground Comedy Movie, which is widely regarded as one of the worst films ever. Vince Offer owns and produces several household products like kitchen utensils and liquid cleaners. He also appears in commercials, promoting his products.

 41 Andrew the Apostle

Andrew the Apostle
Famous As: Apostle
Birthdate: 0005 AD
Birthplace: Galilee, Israel
Died: November 30, 0060

 42 Saint Stephen

Saint Stephen.
Famous As: Religious Leader
Birthdate: 0005 AD
Died: 0034 AD
Saint Stephen is considered Christianity’s first martyr. The Acts of the Apostles of the New Testament mention him as the deacon of the Church at Jerusalem who created enmity among various synagogues. He was eventually stoned to death after he denounced the Jewish leaders in a speech.

 43 Joseph of Arimathea

Joseph of Arimathea.
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Ramla, Israel

Named in the Gospels, Joseph of Arimathea was a secret follower of Jesus, who asked for Pontius Pilate’s permission to get Jesus’s body down from the cross and give it a fair burial. He has also been part of many legends, including one associated with the Holy Grail.

 44 Reuven Rivlin

Reuven Rivlin.
Famous As: 10th President of Israel
Birthdate: September 9, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin, a qualified lawyer, has been associated with organizations such as the Betar Jerusalem Sports Association. A supporter of the one-state solution to end the Israel–Palestine issue, he has previously made headlines for cancelling an Amir Benayoun show after the singer sang an anti-Arab track.

 45 Esau

Famous As: Isaac's Son
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Canaan

Esau, who finds mention in the Hebrew Bible, was the elder son of Isaac. Apart from The Book of Genesis, he is also mentioned in The New Testament. Esau was rough and hairy, and had become a hunter, whereas his twin Jacob was a simple man.

 46 Yossi Benayoun

Yossi Benayoun
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dimona

 47 Matthew the Apostle

Matthew the Apostle
Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Nazareth, Israel
Died: 0074 AD

 48 Deni Avdija

Deni Avdija
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 3, 2001
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beit Zera, Israel

 49 Gideon

Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Unknown

 50 David Blatt

David Blatt
Famous As: Basketball coach
Birthdate: May 22, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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