The first name that comes to your mind at the mention of Israel might be the beautiful supermodel, Bar Rafaeli, but Israel is more than just a sea of pretty faces! Israelis are known to be intelligent, witty and astute people and that is why their nation has the highest standard of living among the countries in the Middle East. Whatever lifestyles the Israelis follow, they are definitely doing something right for this nation boasts of having one of the world’s longest life expectancies. When intelligent, hard working and long-living people live in a country they contribute not just towards the building of their own nation, but also towards the world.

Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman
09 June 1981
Actress, Producer, Director
Gal GadotGal Gadot
30 April 1985
Actress

Mary MagdaleneMary Magdalene
 
Disciple of Jesus Christ

SolomonSolomon
0990 BC
King of Israel

Judas IscariotJudas Iscariot
 
Betrayer of Jesus

Benjamin Netanyahu Benjamin Netanyahu
21 October 1949
Prime Minister
Bar RefaeliBar Refaeli
04 June 1985
Fashion Model, TV Host, Businesswoman

Eli CohenEli Cohen
06 December 1924
Spy

Saint GeorgeSaint George
0280 AD
Christian martyr
Gene SimmonsGene Simmons
25 August 1949
Musician

IshmaelIshmael
 
Abraham's Son

Daniel PearlDaniel Pearl
10 October 1963
Journalist

Sue BirdSue Bird
16 October 1980
Basketball Player

Golda MeirGolda Meir
03 May 1898
Former Prime Minister of Israel

IsaiahIsaiah
 
Judean Prophet
JeremiahJeremiah
0655 BC
Prophet

Benny HinnBenny Hinn
03 December 1952
 

JosephusJosephus
0037 AD
Historian, Scholar

David KahnemanDaniel Kahneman
05 March 1934
American-Israeli psychologist
David Ben-GurionDavid Ben-Gurion
16 October 1886
 

Ariel SharonAriel Sharon
26 February 1928
Prime Minister of Israel

Yitzhak RabinYitzhak Rabin
01 March 1922
5th Prime Minister of Israel

EsauEsau
 
Isaac's Son
Adam NeumannAdam Neumann
07 March 1979
Co-founder of WeWork

Moshe DayanMoshe Dayan
20 May 1915
Israeli Military & Political Leader
Chaim TopolChaim Topol
09 September 1935
Actor

Itzhak PerlmanItzhak Perlman
31 August 1945
Violinist

Shimon PeresShimon Peres
02 August 1923
Former President of Israel
Ralph BakshiRalph Bakshi
29 October 1938
Director of Animated Films

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Saint StephenSaint Stephen
0005 AD
Religious Leader
Menachem BeginMenachem Begin
16 August 1913
Former Prime Minister of Israel

JosiahJosiah
0648 BC
King of Judah

Uri GellerUri Geller
20 December 1946
Magician

HezekiahHezekiah
0739 BC
King of Judah
Saint MatthiasSaint Matthias
0001 AD
Religious Leader
Reuven RivlinReuven Rivlin
09 September 1939
10th President of Israel

Itzhak SternItzhak Stern
25 January 1901
Holocaust Survivor

Tzachi HalevyTzachi Halevy
12 March 1975
TV Actor, Singer

Raviv UllmanRaviv Ullman
24 January 1986
Actor
Martin BuberMartin Buber
08 February 1878
Philosopher

Mili AvitalMili Avital
30 March 1972
Actress

Judea PearlJudea Pearl
04 September 1936
Computer Scientist

Yitzhak ShamirYitzhak Shamir
22 October 1915
Former Prime Minister of Israel

Netta BarzilaiNetta Barzilai
22 January 1993
Singer, Looping Artist
Amir BlumenfeldAmir Blumenfeld
18 January 1983
American-Israeli Comedian

Meshulam RiklisMeshulam Riklis
02 December 1923
Businessman
Immanuel VelikovskyImmanuel Velikovsky
10 June 1895
Author

George HabashGeorge Habash
02 August 1926
Founder of The Popular Front for the Liberation of

Abba EbanAbba Eban
02 February 1915
Politician and Diplomat
Anna ZakAnna Zak
12 March 2001
TikTok (Musical.ly) Star, Model

Ada YonathAda Yonath
22 June 1939
Scientist
Meital DohanMeital Dohan
24 August 1979
Actress, Comedian, Singer

Daniella PickDaniella Pick
21 November 1983
Singer, Model

Dan ShechtmanDan Shechtman
24 January 1941
 

Valeria LipovetskyValeria Lipovetsky
19 September 1990
Model, YouTube star

A. B. YehoshuaA. B. Yehoshua
19 December 1936
Israeli Faulkner
Mor ShapiroMor Shapiro
1988 AD
Medical Practitioner, Wife of Ben Shapiro

Aharon AppelfeldAharon Appelfeld
16 February 1932
Writer

Emile HabibiEmile Habibi
29 August 1922
Writer

Haneen ZoabiHaneen Zoabi
23 May 1969
Member of the Knesset
Yaron VersanoYaron Versano
23 June 1975
Gal Gadot’s Husband

John The Baptist John The Baptist
 
Jewish Preacher
Hila KleinHila Klein
12 December 1987
YouTuber

Shahar TzuberiShahar Tzuberi
01 September 1986
Olympic athlete

Yotam SolomonYotam Solomon
28 March 1987
Fashion designer
Cyril DombCyril Domb
09 December 1920
Theoretical Physicist

Lior BittonLior Bitton
 
Jenna Jameson's Fiance
Lior RazLior Raz
24 November 1971
Actor

SamsonSamson
Judge

JezebelJezebel
Queen of Israel
Benny GantzBenny Gantz
09 June 1959
Officer

Thomas the ApostleThomas the Apostle
Saint, Catholic priest
IsaacIsaac
1896 BC
 

Amar'e StoudemireAmar'e Stoudemire
16 November 1982
Basketball player

RehoboamRehoboam
0972 BC
King

JonahJonah
0800 BC
prophet
Ayelet ZurerAyelet Zurer
28 June 1969
Actor, Model, Stage actor
Oded FehrOded Fehr
23 November 1970
Stage actor, Film actor

JasonJason
High Priest

CaiaphasCaiaphas
3500 BC
priest

Odeya RushOdeya Rush
12 May 1997
Actress
EzekielEzekiel
0622 BC
Prophet

James, brother of JesusJames, brother of Jesus
Saint

Yael GrobglasYael Grobglas
31 May 1984
Actor, Film actor, Model, Stage actor

Yossi BenayounYossi Benayoun
05 May 1980
Association football player

Matthew the ApostleMatthew the Apostle
Saint
Iddo GoldbergIddo Goldberg
05 August 1975
Actor

Alona TalAlona Tal
20 October 1983
Actor, Singer, Television actor
GideonGideon
Judge

SamuelSamuel
1064 BC
Prophet
Bartholomew the ApostleBartholomew the Apostle
31 October 0000
Saint
Vince OfferVince Offer
25 April 1964
Director

Israel has been considered a sacred place since the Biblical times and her population is primarily Jewish. The country has a rich cultural heritage but has unfortunately been plagued by political upheavals and turmoil over the past several centuries. Yet Israelis are resilient and bounce back to give the world their very best.  The nation is very advanced when it comes to research and technology. Six Israelis, including Dan Shechtman have won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry within a single decade! Literary geniuses like Yehuda Amichai, Nathan Alterman and Amos Oz have been born in Israel. Read on to learn more about famous Israelis.