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 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.

 2 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.

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 3 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.

 4 Golda Meir

Golda Meir.
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Israel
Birthdate: May 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kiev, Russian Empire
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.

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 5 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.

 6 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.

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 7 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.

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 8 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.

 9 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

 10 Gideon

Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Unknown

 11 Menachem Begin

Menachem Begin.
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Israel
Birthdate: August 16, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brest
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.

 12 Deborah

Famous As: Prophetess
Birthdate: 1107 AD
Birthplace: Israel
Died: 1067 AD

 13 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.

 14 Benny Gantz

Benny Gantz.
Famous As: Alternate Prime Minister of Israel
Birthdate: June 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kfar Ahim, Israel

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.

 15 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.

 16 Ehud Olmert

Ehud Olmert
Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: September 30, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Binyamina
Ehud Olmert had a decade-long stint as the mayor of Jerusalem, before he became the prime minister of Israel. A qualified lawyer, he has also served the Israel Defense Forces. He supported the two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He eventually got a 6-year sentence for a bribing scandal.

 17 Jeroboam

Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: United Kingdom of Israel
Died: 0910 BC

Jeroboam, son of Nebat, is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as someone who fought against Rehoboam, joining hands with the Israelite tribes. King Solomon had initially made him the superintendent of his tribesmen engaged in building fortresses. The Bible also mentions Jeroboam's constant conflict with Judah.

 18 Yitzhak Shamir

Yitzhak Shamir.
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Israel
Birthdate: October 22, 1915
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ružany, Belarus
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.

 19 Avigdor Lieberman

Avigdor Lieberman
Famous As: politician
Birthdate: July 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chișinău, Moldova

 20 Ehud Barak

Ehud Barak
Famous As: Politician, Diplomat, Officer
Birthdate: February 12, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mishmar HaSharon kibbutz

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak has also served as a minister of defense and foreign affairs. A talented pianist, he boasts of a degree from Stanford. Part of the Israeli Defense Forces since his younger days, he is one of the most decorated soldiers in the history of Israel.

 21 Naftali Bennett

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

 22 Levi Eshkol

Levi Eshkol
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 25, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Orativ
Died: February 26, 1969

 23 Tzipi Livni

Tzipi Livni
Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Diplomat, Manager
Birthdate: July 8, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tel Aviv

 24 Uzziah

Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel
Died: 0740 BC

 25 Herod Archelaus

Herod Archelaus
Birthdate: 0023 BC
Died: 0018 AD

 26 Amin al-Husseini

Amin al-Husseini
Famous As: Mufti
Birthdate: 1895 AD
Birthplace: Mutasarrifate of Jerusalem, Israel
Died: July 4, 1974

Amin al-Husseini, the grand mufti of Jerusalem, is remembered as a symbol of Arab nationalist resistance to Palestinian Zionism. His rebellions made the British drop the idea of making Palestine a Jewish state. During World War II, he rallied to stop Jewish immigrants from entering Palestine from Nazi-occupied countries.

 27 Jehoiakim

Famous As: king
Birthdate: 0634 BC
Birthplace: Jerusalem
Died: 0598 BC

 28 Ish-bosheth

Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1052 BC
Died: 1010 BC

 29 Yair Lapid

Yair Lapid
Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Politician, Actor, Television presenter
Birthdate: November 5, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tel Aviv

 30 Jeconiah

Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0615 AD
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel

 31 Chaim Herzog

Chaim Herzog
Famous As: Former President of Israel
Birthdate: September 17, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Belfast
Died: April 17, 1997

 32 Isser Harel

Isser Harel
Famous As: spy, politician, writer
Birthdate: 1912 AD
Birthplace: Vitebsk
Died: February 18, 2003

 33 Abba Eban

Abba Eban.
Famous As: Politician and Diplomat
Birthdate: February 2, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cape Town
Died: November 17, 2002

Abba Eban was an Israeli politician and diplomat who took up many ministerial roles during his career. He served as Israel's education minister, foreign affairs minister, and deputy prime minister. He also served as an ambassador to the United Nations and to the United States. In 2001, he was honored with the prestigious Israel Prize for lifetime achievement.

 34 Ezer Weizman

Ezer Weizman
Famous As: Politician, Officer, Fighter pilot, Aviator
Birthdate: June 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tel Aviv
Died: April 24, 2005

 35 Yigal Allon

Yigal Allon
Famous As: Politician, Military personnel
Birthdate: October 10, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kfar Tavor
Died: February 29, 1980

 36 Gilad Shalit

Gilad Shalit
Famous As: Sports columnist, Soldier, Journalist, Investment Advisor
Birthdate: August 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nahariya

 37 Moshe Sharett

Moshe Sharett
Famous As: Politician, Diplomat, Translator
Birthdate: October 15, 1894
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kherson
Died: July 7, 1965

 38 Yitzhak Ben-Zvi

Yitzhak Ben-Zvi
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 24, 1884
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Poltava, Ukraine
Died: April 23, 1963

Yitzhak Ben-Zvi was a historian and Labor Zionist leader who served as the president of Israel from 1952 to 1963. His father was one of the organizers of the first Zionist Congress in 1897. Ben-Zvi studied at Kiev University for one year before dropping out to co-found the Russian Poale Zion movement. He was awarded the Bialik Prize. 

 39 Miri Regev

Miri Regev
Famous As: Politician, Spokesperson, Officer
Birthdate: May 26, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kiryat Gat

 40 Meir Amit

Meir Amit
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 17, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tiberias, Israel
Died: July 17, 2009

 41 Jehoram

Famous As: King of Judah
Birthdate: 0881 BC
Birthplace: Jerusalem
Died: 0842 BC

 42 Amon of Judah

Amon of Judah
Birthdate: 0660 BC
Birthplace: Judah
Died: 0640 BC

 43 George Habash

George Habash.
Famous As: Founder of The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Birthdate: August 2, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lod
Died: January 26, 2008
George Habash, also known as al-Hakim, was a Palestinian leader who established the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. After fleeing Palestine following the formation of the State of Israel, he studied medicine in Beirut. He battled with cancer in his final days and died at age 81.

 44 Amaziah of Judah

Amaziah of Judah
Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0802 BC
Birthplace: Jerusalem
Died: 0776 BC

 45 Aryeh Deri

Aryeh Deri
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 17, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Meknes

 46 Tzipi Hotovely

Tzipi Hotovely
Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Writer, Lawyer
Birthdate: December 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rehovot

 47 Nir Barkat

Nir Barkat
Famous As: Politician, Entrepreneur, Businessperson
Birthdate: October 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jerusalem

 48 Zalman Shazar

Zalman Shazar
Famous As: politician, journalist, writer,poet
Birthdate: November 24, 1889
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mir
Died: October 5, 1974

 49 Yitzhak Navon

Yitzhak Navon
Famous As: Politician, Writer, Playwright, Educator
Birthdate: April 9, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jerusalem
Died: November 7, 2015

 50 Shaul Mofaz

Shaul Mofaz
Famous As: Politician, Officer
Birthdate: November 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tehran