Find out more about the greatest Israelis, including Gal Gadot, Natalie Portman, Gene Simmons, Benjamin Netanyahu and Solomon.

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.

Gal GadotGal Gadot
(Actress)

30 April 1985

Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman
(Actress, Producer, Director)

09 June 1981

SolomonSolomon

0990 BC

Mary MagdaleneMary Magdalene
(Disciple of Jesus Christ)

Gene SimmonsGene Simmons

25 August 1949

Benjamin Netanyahu Benjamin Netanyahu
(Prime Minister of Israel)

21 October 1949

Judas IscariotJudas Iscariot
(Betrayer of Jesus)
Uri GellerUri Geller
(Magician)

20 December 1946

Saint GeorgeSaint George
(Christian martyr)

0280 AD

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

04 June 1985

IsaiahIsaiah
(Judean Prophet)
Golda MeirGolda Meir
(Former Prime Minister of Israel)

03 May 1898

Yitzhak RabinYitzhak Rabin
(5th Prime Minister of Israel)

01 March 1922

David KahnemanDaniel Kahneman
(American-Israeli psychologist)

05 March 1934

Benny HinnBenny Hinn

03 December 1952

David Ben-GurionDavid Ben-Gurion

16 October 1886

Ariel SharonAriel Sharon
(Prime Minister of Israel)

26 February 1928

Shimon PeresShimon Peres
(Former President of Israel)

02 August 1923

Netta BarzilaiNetta Barzilai
(Singer, Looping Artist)

22 January 1993

Chaim TopolChaim Topol
(Actor)

09 September 1935

Ralph BakshiRalph Bakshi
(Director of Animated Films)

29 October 1938

Menachem BeginMenachem Begin
(Former Prime Minister of Israel)

16 August 1913

Moshe DayanMoshe Dayan
(Israeli Military & Political Leader)

20 May 1915

Raviv UllmanRaviv Ullman
(Actor)

24 January 1986

Mili AvitalMili Avital
(Actress)

30 March 1972

Reuven RivlinReuven Rivlin
(10th President of Israel)

09 September 1939

Lior BittonLior Bitton
(Jenna Jameson's Fiance)

Martin BuberMartin Buber
(Philosopher)

08 February 1878

Meshulam RiklisMeshulam Riklis
(Businessman)

02 December 1923

Anna ZakAnna Zak
(Musical.ly Star, Model)

12 March 2001

Judea PearlJudea Pearl
(Computer Scientist)

04 September 1936

Amir BlumenfeldAmir Blumenfeld
(American-Israeli Comedian)

18 January 1983

Immanuel VelikovskyImmanuel Velikovsky
(Author)

10 June 1895

George HabashGeorge Habash
(Founder of The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine)

02 August 1926

Abba EbanAbba Eban
(Politician and Diplomat)

02 February 1915

Yaron VersanoYaron Versano
(Gal Gadot’s Husband)

23 June 1975

John The Baptist John The Baptist
(Jewish Preacher)
Ada YonathAda Yonath
(Scientist)

22 June 1939

Dan ShechtmanDan Shechtman

24 January 1941

Haneen ZoabiHaneen Zoabi
(Member of the Knesset)

23 May 1969

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

19 December 1936

Aharon AppelfeldAharon Appelfeld
(Writer)

16 February 1932

Emile HabibiEmile Habibi
(Writer)

29 August 1922

Shahar TzuberiShahar Tzuberi
(Olympic athlete)

01 September 1986

Cyril DombCyril Domb
(Theoretical Physicist)

09 December 1920

Yotam SolomonYotam Solomon
(Fashion designer)

28 March 1987

SamsonSamson
(Judge)
IshmaelIshmael
(Abraham's son)

1910 BC

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

31 May 1984

Saint ChristopherSaint Christopher
(Martyr)

0200 AD

Thomas the ApostleThomas the Apostle
(Saint, Catholic priest)

Hiam AbbassHiam Abbass
(Actor, Film director, Photographer, Screenwriter, Film actor, Director)

30 November 1960

John the ApostleJohn the Apostle

0006 AD

IsaacIsaac

1896 BC

JonahJonah
(prophet)

0800 BC

JeremiahJeremiah
(Prophet)

0655 BC

JosephusJosephus
(Scholar)

0037 AD

EzekielEzekiel
(Prophet)

0622 BC

Eli CohenEli Cohen
(spy)

06 December 1924

Saint AnneSaint Anne
(Mary's mother)

0050 BC

Semion MogilevichSemion Mogilevich
(Criminal)

30 June 1946

Baldwin IV of JerusalemBaldwin IV of Jerusalem
(King)

1161 AD

Omri CasspiOmri Casspi
(Basketball player)

22 June 1988

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

08 February 1979

Oded FehrOded Fehr
(Stage actor, Film actor)

23 November 1970

EsauEsau
(Isaac's son)

1653 BC

SamuelSamuel
(Prophet)

1064 BC

Saint StephenSaint Stephen
(Martyr, Saint)

0005 AD

Yonatan NetanyahuYonatan Netanyahu
(Paratrooper, Officer)

13 March 1946

SalomeSalome

0014 AD

Alona TalAlona Tal
(Actor, Singer, Television actor)

20 October 1983

Ayelet ZurerAyelet Zurer
(Actor, Model, Stage actor)

28 June 1969

Itzhak PerlmanItzhak Perlman
(Violinist, Conductor, Professor)

31 August 1945

Daniel BarenboimDaniel Barenboim
(Pianist, Conductor, Music director)

15 November 1942

HezekiahHezekiah
(King of Judah)

0739 BC

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.