List of famous Israelis with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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
(Actress, Producer, Director)

09 June 1981

Jerusalem

Gemini

Gal GadotGal Gadot
(Actress)

30 April 1985

Rosh HaAyin, Israel

Taurus

Benjamin Netanyahu Benjamin Netanyahu
(Prime Minister of Israel)

21 October 1949

Tel Aviv

Libra

SolomonSolomon

0990 BC

0931 BC

Jerusalem, Israel

Bar RefaeliBar Refaeli
(Fashion Model, TV Host, Businesswoman)

04 June 1985

Hod HaSharon

Gemini

John The Baptist John The Baptist
(Jewish Preacher)

Jerusalem

Yitzhak RabinYitzhak Rabin
(5th Prime Minister of Israel)

01 March 1922

04 November 1995

Jerusalem

Pisces

Gene SimmonsGene Simmons

25 August 1949

Virgo

Ariel SharonAriel Sharon
(Prime Minister of Israel)

26 February 1928

11 January 2014

British Mandate of Palestine

Pisces

IsaiahIsaiah
(Judean Prophet)

Kingdom of Judah

Golda MeirGolda Meir
(Former Prime Minister of Israel)

03 May 1898

08 December 1978

Kiev, Russian Empire

Taurus

David KahnemanDaniel Kahneman
(American-Israeli psychologist)

05 March 1934

Tel Aviv, Israel

Pisces

Shimon PeresShimon Peres
(Former President of Israel)

02 August 1923

28 September 2016

Wiszniew, Poland

Leo

David Ben-GurionDavid Ben-Gurion

16 October 1886

01 December 1973

Płonsk, Poland

Libra

Uri GellerUri Geller
(Magician)

20 December 1946

Tel Aviv

Sagittarius

Menachem BeginMenachem Begin
(Former Prime Minister of Israel)

16 August 1913

09 March 1992

Brest

Leo

Moshe DayanMoshe Dayan
(Israeli Military & Political Leader)

20 May 1915

16 October 1981

Degania Alef

Taurus

Ralph BakshiRalph Bakshi
(Director of Animated Films)

29 October 1938

Haifa

Scorpio

Martin BuberMartin Buber
(Philosopher)

08 February 1878

13 June 1965

Vienna

Aquarius

Reuven RivlinReuven Rivlin
(10th President of Israel)

09 September 1939

Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

Virgo

Amir BlumenfeldAmir Blumenfeld
(American-Israeli Comedian)

18 January 1983

Afula, Israel

Capricorn

Mili AvitalMili Avital
(Actress)

30 March 1972

Jerusalem, Israel

Aries

Anna ZakAnna Zak
(Musical.ly Star, Model)

12 March 2001

Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia

Pisces

Immanuel VelikovskyImmanuel Velikovsky
(Author)

10 June 1895

17 November 1979

Vitebsk

Gemini

Abba EbanAbba Eban
(Politician and Diplomat)

02 February 1915

17 November 2002

Cape Town

Aquarius

Judea PearlJudea Pearl
(Computer Scientist)

04 September 1936

Tel Aviv, Israel

Virgo

Dan ShechtmanDan Shechtman

24 January 1941

Tel Aviv, Israel

Aquarius

Ada YonathAda Yonath
(Scientist)

22 June 1939

Jerusalem, Isreal

Cancer

Meshulam RiklisMeshulam Riklis
(Businessman)

02 December 1923

Istanbul, Turkey

Sagittarius

Haneen ZoabiHaneen Zoabi
(Member of the Knesset)

23 May 1969

Nazareth

Gemini

Emile HabibiEmile Habibi
(Writer)

29 August 1922

02 May 1996

Haifa

Virgo

A. B. YehoshuaA. B. Yehoshua
(Israeli Faulkner)

19 December 1936

Jerusalem

Sagittarius

Aharon AppelfeldAharon Appelfeld
(Writer)

16 February 1932

Zhadova, near Czernowitz, Romania (now Ukraine)

Aquarius

Shahar TzuberiShahar Tzuberi
(Olympic athlete)

01 September 1986

Eilat

Virgo

Cyril DombCyril Domb
(Theoretical Physicist)

09 December 1920

15 February 2012

London, UK

Sagittarius

IshtarIshtar

Yael GrobglasYael Grobglas
(Actor, Film actor, Model, Stage actor)

31 May 1984

Paris

Gemini

JeremiahJeremiah
(Prophet)

0655 BC

0586 BC

Anathoth

Ayelet ZurerAyelet Zurer
(Actor, Model, Stage actor)

28 June 1969

Tel Aviv

Cancer

Yigal AmirYigal Amir
(Criminal)

23 May 1970

Herzliya

Gemini

Itzhak PerlmanItzhak Perlman
(Violinist, Conductor, Professor)

31 August 1945

Tel Aviv

Virgo

Meir KahaneMeir Kahane
(Politician, Rabbi, Journalist)

01 August 1932

05 November 1990

Brooklyn

Leo

Semion MogilevichSemion Mogilevich
(Criminal)

30 June 1946

Kyiv

Cancer

Oded FehrOded Fehr
(Stage actor, Film actor)

23 November 1970

Venezuela

Sagittarius

Iddo GoldbergIddo Goldberg
(Actor)

05 August 1975

Haifa

Leo

Yitzhak ShamirYitzhak Shamir
(Politician, Diplomat)

22 October 1915

30 June 2012

Ruzhany

Libra

Daniel BarenboimDaniel Barenboim
(Pianist, Conductor, Music director)

15 November 1942

Buenos Aires

Scorpio

Avram GrantAvram Grant
(association football player, association football manager)

04 May 1955

Petah Tikva

Taurus

Alona TalAlona Tal
(Actor, Singer, Television actor)

20 October 1983

Herzliya

Libra

Ofra HazaOfra Haza
(Singer, Voice actor, Actor, Composer, Journalist, Pianist, Songwriter)

19 November 1957

23 February 2000

Tel Aviv

Scorpio

Chaim TopolChaim Topol
(Actor, Stage actor, Dub actor, Illustrator, Painter)

09 September 1935

Tel Aviv

Virgo

Ehud BarakEhud Barak
(Politician, Diplomat, Officer)

12 February 1942

Mishmar HaSharon

Aquarius

Inon ZurInon Zur
(Composer, Film score composer)

04 July 1965

Israel

Cancer

Yossi BenayounYossi Benayoun
(Association football player)

05 May 1980

Dimona

Taurus

Rula JebrealRula Jebreal
(Journalist, Pundit, Writer, Screenwriter)

24 April 1973

Haifa

Taurus

SafedSafed

Menahem GolanMenahem Golan
(Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter)

31 May 1929

08 August 2014

Tiberias

Gemini

Omri CasspiOmri Casspi
(Basketball player)

22 June 1988

Yavne

Cancer

Yonatan NetanyahuYonatan Netanyahu
(Paratrooper, Officer)

13 March 1946

04 July 1976

New York City

Pisces

Gilad ShalitGilad Shalit
(Sports columnist, Soldier, Journalist, Investment Advisor)

28 August 1986

Nahariya

Virgo

Evgeny KissinEvgeny Kissin
(Pianist)

10 October 1971

Moscow

Libra

Moran AtiasMoran Atias
(Actor, Model, Television presenter, Film actor)

09 April 1981

Haifa

Aries

Haya HarareetHaya Harareet
(Screenwriter, Stage actor, Film actor)

20 September 1931

Haifa

Virgo

Tal Ben HaimTal Ben Haim
(Association football player)

31 March 1982

Rishon LeZion

Aries

Ehud OlmertEhud Olmert
(Politician, Lawyer)

30 September 1945

Binyamina-Giv'at Ada

Libra

Mark IvanirMark Ivanir
(Actor, Voice actor, Stage actor)

06 September 1968

Chernivtsi

Virgo

Josh KeatonJosh Keaton
(Actor, Singer, Musician, Dub actor, Television actor, Voice actor)

08 February 1979

Hacienda Heights

Aquarius

Stanley FischerStanley Fischer
(Economist, Educationist, Writer, Professor, Banker)

15 October 1943

Mazabuka

Libra

Alice Herz-SommerAlice Herz-Sommer
(Musician, Pianist, Educationist, Music educator)

26 November 1903

23 February 2014

Prague

Sagittarius

Mordechai VanunuMordechai Vanunu
(Technician)

14 October 1954

Marrakesh

Libra

Itzhak SternItzhak Stern
(Accountant)

25 January 1901

22 April 1969

Kraków

Aquarius

Moshe SafdieMoshe Safdie
(Architect, Urban planner)

14 July 1938

Haifa

Cancer

Oren PeliOren Peli
(film director, film producer, screenwriter, film editor, writer, engineer, actor)

23 March 1971

Ramat Gan

Aries

Brian GeorgeBrian George
(Actor, Film actor)

01 July 1952

Jerusalem

Cancer

Yitzhak NavonYitzhak Navon
(Politician, Writer, Playwright, Educator)

09 April 1921

07 November 2015

Jerusalem

Aries

Ilan RamonIlan Ramon
(Fighter pilot, Astronaut, Aviator, Military personnel)

20 June 1954

01 February 2003

Ramat Gan

Gemini

Amos OzAmos Oz
(Writer, Linguist, Journalist, Novelist, Translator, Essayist, Educationist, University teacher, Children's writer)

04 May 1939

Jerusalem

Taurus

Tzipi LivniTzipi Livni
(Politician, Lawyer, Diplomat, Manager)

08 July 1958

Tel Aviv

Cancer

Yvan AttalYvan Attal
(Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Dub actor)

04 January 1965

Tel Aviv

Capricorn

Mathilde KrimMathilde Krim
(Geneticist, Physician)

09 July 1926

Como

Cancer

Esti GinzburgEsti Ginzburg
(Actor, Model, Television presenter)

06 March 1990

Tel Aviv

Pisces

Ashraf BarhomAshraf Barhom
(actor, actor)

08 January 1979

Ma'alot-Tarshiha

Capricorn

Adi ShamirAdi Shamir
(Mathematician, Cryptologist, Computer scientist)

06 July 1952

Tel Aviv

Cancer

Benzion NetanyahuBenzion Netanyahu
(Historian, Educationist, Writer, University teacher)

25 March 1910

30 April 2012

Warsaw

Aries

Naftali BennettNaftali Bennett
(Politician, Businessperson, Officer, Manager)

25 March 1972

Haifa

Aries

Dana InternationalDana International
(Singer, Songwriter)

02 February 1972

Tel Aviv

Aquarius

Amos TverskyAmos Tversky
(Psychologist, Economist, University teacher)

16 March 1937

02 June 1996

Haifa

Pisces

Asaf AvidanAsaf Avidan
(Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer, Animator, Guitarist, Dub actor, Songwriter)

23 March 1980

Jerusalem

Aries

Linor AbargilLinor Abargil
(Model, Actor, Beauty pageant contestant, Stage actor)

17 February 1980

Netanya

Aquarius

Eli CohenEli Cohen
(spy)

06 December 1924

18 May 1965

Alexandria

Sagittarius

Ovadia YosefOvadia Yosef
(Rabbi, Posek, Dayan)

24 September 1920

07 October 2013

Baghdad

Libra

Eliad CohenEliad Cohen
(Actor, Model)

11 May 1988

Acre

Taurus

Bar PalyBar Paly
(Actor, Film actor, Model)

29 April 1985

Ural

Taurus

Alber ElbazAlber Elbaz
(designer, postage stamp designer)

12 June 1961

Casablanca

Gemini

Gideon RaffGideon Raff
(film director, screenwriter)

1973 AD

Jerusalem

Levi EshkolLevi Eshkol
(Politician)

25 October 1895

26 February 1969

Kiev Governorate

Scorpio

Gal MekelGal Mekel
(Basketball player)

04 March 1988

Petah Tikva

Pisces

Sara NetanyahuSara Netanyahu
(Psychologist)

05 November 1958

Kiryat Tiv'on

Scorpio

Arnon MilchanArnon Milchan
(Film producer, Entrepreneur, Screenwriter, Businessperson)

06 December 1944

Rehovot

Sagittarius

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.

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