Famous Israeli Leaders

Fondly called the land of milk and honey, Israel is one of the most popular countries in the Middle East that forwards people a rich blend of heritage, culture, modernity and religion. And much of that has been because of Israeli nationals and leaders who have crafted a unique space for themselves on the global platform. Humanitarian, ambitious and goal-oriented, Israeli leaders are all of them and much more. While Israel has been under the rule of powerful leaders since times immemorial, some of them created a niche for themselves and the country through their administrative skills and friendly policies. Yitzhak Rabin is one such Israeli leader. A Nobel Peace Prize winner, he became the first native-born prime minister of Israel in 1974. Rabin’s most acknowledgeable work as an Israeli leader was his peace negotiation with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. But the list does not end with Rabin alone. Other prominent Israeli leaders who left a lasting footprint on the country and the world map are Golda Meir, Benjamin Netanyahu, Shimon Peres, Ariel Sharon, Chaim Weizmann, Menachim Begin, David Ben-Gurion and so on. a reading of this section will help you acquaint yourself with top Israeli leaders of all times.

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 1 Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu
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Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: October 21, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Israeli

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.

 2 King David

David
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Famous As: Herder, Sovereign, Singer, Prophet, Politician
Birthdate: 1040 BC
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 0970 BC

 3 Mary, Mother of Jesus

Mary, Mother of Jesus
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Famous As: Mother of Jesus
Birthdate: September 8, 0018
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Israeli

 4 John The Baptist

John The Baptist
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Famous As: Jewish Preacher
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Israeli

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.

 5 Solomon

Solomon
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Famous As: King of Israel
Birthdate: 0990 BC
Nationality: Israeli
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.

 6 Ariel Sharon

Ariel Sharon
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Famous As: Prime Minister of Israel
Birthdate: February 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Israeli
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.

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 7 Yitzhak Rabin

Yitzhak Rabin
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Famous As: 5th Prime Minister of Israel
Birthdate: March 1, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Israeli
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.

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 8 Moshe Dayan

Moshe Dayan
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Famous As: Israeli Military & Political Leader
Birthdate: May 20, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Israeli
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.

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 9 James, brother of Jesus

James, brother of Jesus
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 0069 AD

 10 Samson

Samson
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Nationality: Israeli

 11 Golda Meir

Golda Meir
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Israel
Birthdate: May 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Israeli, Ukrainian
Died: December 8, 1978

Born in present-day Ukraine and brought up in the United States, the phenomenal rise of Golda Meir to become the prime minister of Israel was driven by her sheer leadership qualities. She steered her country amid hostilities from its neighbourhood during her eventful term as premier which also saw the Yom Kippur War. She is remembered as a strong-willed woman.

 12 Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres
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Famous As: Former President of Israel
Birthdate: August 2, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Israeli
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.

 13 Isaac

Isaac
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Birthdate: 1896 BC
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 1716 BC

 14 Thomas the Apostle

Thomas the Apostle
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Israeli
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.

 15 Isaiah

Isaiah
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Famous As: Judean Prophet
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Israeli

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.

 16 Jonah

Jonah
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Famous As: prophet
Birthdate: 0800 BC
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 0900 BC

 17 David Ben-Gurion

David Ben-Gurion
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Israel
Birthdate: October 16, 1886
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Israeli
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.

 18 Jeremiah

Jeremiah
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Famous As: Prophet
Birthdate: 0655 BC
Nationality: Israeli
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.

 19 Josephus

Josephus
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Famous As: Historian, Scholar
Birthdate: 0037 AD
Nationality: Israeli, Italian
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

 20 Ezekiel

Ezekiel
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Famous As: Prophet
Birthdate: 0622 BC
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 0570 BC

 21 Esau

Esau
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Famous As: Isaac's Son
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Nationality: Israeli

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.

 22 Gideon

Gideon
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Israeli

 23 Samuel

Samuel
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Famous As: Prophet
Birthdate: 1064 BC
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 1012 BC

 24 Menachem Begin

Menachem Begin
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Israel
Birthdate: August 16, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Israeli
Died: March 9, 1992

Menachem Begin was an Israeli politician who served as the sixth Prime Minister of Israel. In this position, he signed a peace treaty with Egypt in 1979, for which he and Egyptian politician Anwar Sadat shared the Nobel Prize for Peace. He implemented several reforms to improve the socio-economic condition of Israeli citizens and improve the general quality of life.

 25 Deborah

Deborah
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Famous As: Prophetess
Birthdate: 1107 AD
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 1067 AD

 26 Mary in Islam

Mary in Islam
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Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: 0018 AD
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 0033 AD

 27 Daniel

Daniel
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Famous As: Prophet
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Israeli

 28 Reuven Rivlin

Reuven Rivlin
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Famous As: 10th President of Israel
Birthdate: September 9, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Israeli

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.

 29 Ehud Barak

Ehud Barak
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat, Officer
Birthdate: February 12, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Israeli

 30 Benny Gantz

Benny Gantz
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Famous As: Alternate Prime Minister of Israel
Birthdate: June 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Israeli

Born to Holocaust survivors, Benny Gantz later soared through the ranks of the Israeli military, gaining the nickname The Prince. He founded Israel Resilience, which later merged into the Blue and White alliance. As the IDF’s chief of staff, he presided over the operations Pillar of Defence and Protective Edge.

 31 Jesse

Jesse
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Birthdate: 0000 BC
Nationality: Israeli

 32 Yitzhak Shamir

Yitzhak Shamir
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Israel
Birthdate: October 22, 1915
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Israeli
Died: June 30, 2012
Former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Shamir previously led the Zionist group Lehi. He lost his parents and sisters to the Holocaust and later changed his last name from "Yezernitsky" to "Shamir," to match the surname on his forged ID card. He had also joined the Mossad later.

 33 Ehud Olmert

Ehud Olmert
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: September 30, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Israeli

 34 Saint Matthias

Saint Matthias
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Famous As: Religious Leader
Birthdate: 0001 AD
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 0080 AD

Saint Matthias was chosen by the disciples of Jesus Christ (the apostles) to replace Judas Iscariot. Matthias was chosen following Judas' betrayal of Jesus. Matthias' calling as an apostle is unique as he was not originally chosen by Jesus Christ.

 35 Amin al-Husseini

Amin al-Husseini
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Famous As: Mufti
Birthdate: 1895 AD
Nationality: Israeli, Palestinian
Died: July 4, 1974

 36 Amos

Amos
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Famous As: Prophet
Birthdate: 0800 BC
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 0745 BC

 37 Eusebius of Caesarea

Eusebius of Caesarea
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: 0263 AD
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 0339 AD

 38 Jehoshaphat

Jehoshaphat
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0896 BC
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 0849 BC

 39 Jeroboam

Jeroboam
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 0910 BC

 40 Judas Maccabeus

Judas Maccabeus
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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Israeli
Died: February 29, 0160

 41 Basil of Caesarea

Basil of Caesarea
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0330 AD
Nationality: Israeli
Died: January 1, 0379

 42 Gamaliel

Gamaliel
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Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: October 31, 0000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 0052 AD

 43 Avigdor Lieberman

Avigdor Lieberman
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Famous As: politician
Birthdate: July 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Israeli

 44 Gilad Shalit

Gilad Shalit
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Famous As: Sports columnist, Soldier, Journalist, Investment Advisor
Birthdate: August 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French, Israeli

 45 Naftali Bennett

Naftali Bennett
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Famous As: Politician, Businessperson, Officer, Manager
Birthdate: March 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Israeli

 46 Levi Eshkol

Levi Eshkol
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 25, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Israeli, Ukrainian
Died: February 26, 1969

 47 James, son of Alphaeus

James, son of Alphaeus
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 0062 AD

 48 Tzipi Livni

Tzipi Livni
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Diplomat, Manager
Birthdate: July 8, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Israeli

 49 Saint James the Great

Saint James the Great
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Famous As: Martyr, Saint
Birthdate: 0003 AD
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 0044 AD

 50 Uzziah

Uzziah
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 0740 BC