Famous Israeli Media Personalities

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 1 Uri Geller

Uri Geller
Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: December 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tel Aviv
Illusionist, magician, and psychic Uri Geller is best known for his spoon-bending skills, which he has highlighted on many TV shows. He has also acted in the horror film Sanitarium. He has attributed his powers to aliens. He, however, failed to bend spoons on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

 2 Nas Daily

Nas Daily
Famous As: Video blogger
Birthdate: February 9, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Arraba, Israel Arraba, Israel

Israeli-Arab travel vlogger Nuseir Yassin, better known to netizens as Nas Daily, has gained global fame with his 1000 daily one-minute Facebook and YouTube videos. His vlogs cover everything from luxury resorts to villages. He has also launched NAS Academy to train upcoming vloggers and video creators.

 3 Ofra Haza

Ofra Haza
Famous As: Singer, Voice actor, Actor, Composer, Journalist, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 19, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tel Aviv
Died: February 23, 2000

Ofra Haza was an Israeli actress and singer who achieved great popularity in the Western world where she came to be known as the Madonna of the East. An influential cultural figure in Israel, Ofra Haza played a major role in popularizing the Mizrahi culture. During her illustrious singing career, Haza earned several gold and platinum discs.

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 4 Ami James

Ami James
Famous As: Tattoo artist
Birthdate: April 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Israel

Born in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, then part of Israel, Ami James began illustrating at age 6, perhaps to compensate for the absence of his artist father, who had abandoned the family. Mentored by tattooist Lou Sciberras, he now owns several tattoo studios and the online tattoo community Tattoodo.

 5 Dmitry Glukhovsky

Dmitry Glukhovsky
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Russian-Israeli author Dmitry Glukhovsky gained fame with his first novel, Metro 2033, which he published on his own site at age 18, and which later inspired an interactive experiment and a video game franchise. He has also worked for Mayak Radio Station, EuroNews TV, and Deutsche Welle.

 6 Yair Lapid

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

Yair Lapid is an Israeli politician who has been serving as the prime minister of Israel since June 2021. He is also the current Minister of Foreign Affairs in Israel. He is credited with founding the centrist Yesh Atid party. A former journalist, Lapid was also known for his skills as a writer before entering politics in 2012.

 7 Rula Jebreal

Rula Jebreal
Famous As: Journalist and novelist
Birthdate: April 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Rula Jebreal is a Palestinian journalist, foreign policy analyst, novelist, and screenwriter. Her first novel Miral was adapted into a film of the same name. Directed by Julian Schnabel, Miral had Freida Pinto playing the title role.

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 8 Amos Oz

Amos Oz
Famous As: Writer, Linguist, Journalist, Novelist, Translator, Essayist, Educationist, University teacher, Children's writer
Birthdate: May 4, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jerusalem

Originally called Amos Klausner, Oz Amos was an Israeli short story writer, novelist, essayist, and educator, known for his advocacy of two-state solution to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Professor Hebrew literature at Ben-Gurion University, he wrote forty books, many of which have been translated into forty-five languages, earning him  numerous international awards and honors, including Legion of Honour of France.

 9 Gilad Shalit

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

Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was held by Palestinian militants from 2006 to 2011 and thus became significant in the Israeli political scene. He was eventually released as part of a prisoner-exchange deal, mediated by Germany ad Egypt, which required the release of over 1,000 Palestinian and Israeli Arab prisoners.

 10 Max Brod

Max Brod
Famous As: Former prolific writer best remembered as the friend and biographer of writer Franz Kafka
Birthdate: May 27, 1884
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
Died: December 20, 1968

Max Brod was a Czech German-speaking Jewish author, composer, and journalist. He studied law at the German Charles-Ferdinand University and proceeded to pursue a career as a journalist and composer. He worked as an editor and literary adviser for the Israeli national theatre for three decades. He was a close friend and biographer of writer Franz Kafka. 

 11 Meir Kahane

Meir Kahane
Famous As: Politician, Rabbi, Journalist
Birthdate: August 1, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Died: November 5, 1990

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Meir Kahane was an Israeli rabbi, best remembered as the founder of the Kach Party. He moved to Israel after being imprisoned for alleged militant activities. Though he acquired a seat in the Israeli parliament, his party was banned for its racist nature.

 12 Ivan Urgant

Ivan Urgant
Famous As: Actor, Television presenter
Birthdate: April 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

 13 Benny Morris

Benny Morris
Famous As: Historian, Writer, University teacher, Journalist
Birthdate: December 8, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ein HaHoresh

Benny Morris is an Israeli historian who was a professor at the  Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His work on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict won him both praise and criticism from both sides of the political divide. He studied history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has a doctorate in modern European history from the University of Cambridge. 

 14 David Grossman

David Grossman
Famous As: Writer, Radio personality, Screenwriter, Journalist, Children's writer
Birthdate: January 25, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel

Israel Prize-winning author David Grossman is best known for his iconic books on Israel, such as See Under: Love and The Book of Internal Grammar. Born into a working-class family, he also developed his left-leaning traits early in life and later stepped into political activism, too.

 15 Tzipi Hotovely

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

 16 Rudolf Kastner

Rudolf Kastner
Famous As: Former Journalist, lawyer known for Saving 1,684 Jews on the Kastner train, who were otherwise destined for Auschwitz
Birthdate: 1906 AD
Birthplace: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Died: March 15, 1957

 17 Gideon Levy

Gideon Levy
Famous As: journalist, writer
Birthdate: June 2, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tel Aviv

 18 Amira Hass

Amira Hass
Famous As: Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: June 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jerusalem

 19 Yosef Lapid

Yosef Lapid
Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: December 27, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Novi Sad, Serbia
Died: June 1, 2008

 20 Raymonda Tawil

Raymonda Tawil
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1940 AD
Birthplace: Acre in Mandatory Palestine

 21 Ghada Karmi

Ghada Karmi
Famous As: Doctor of medicine
Birthdate: 1939 AD
Birthplace: Jerusalem

Palestinian doctor of medicine, author and academic Ghada Karmi is associated with the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter as research fellow and lecturer. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Karmi has penned several articles on Palestinian issues in Wayback Machine and in newspapers and magazines like Journal of Palestine Studies and The Guardian.

 22 Yossi Sarid

Yossi Sarid
Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Writer, Poet, Educator
Birthdate: October 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rehovot
Died: December 4, 2015

Yossi Sarid was a news commentator and politician who was an important member of the Knesset between 1974 and 2006. From 1996 to 2003, he led the political party Meretz. A former Minister of the Environment and Minister of Education, Sarid also served as the Leader of the Opposition between 2001 and 2003. Sarid is also remembered for his uprightness.

 23 Uri Zvi Greenberg

Uri Zvi Greenberg
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 22, 1896
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bilyi Kamin', Ukraine
Died: May 8, 1981

Uri Zvi Greenberg was an Israeli poet, politician, and journalist. Greenberg, who wrote in Hebrew and Yiddish, is often considered one of the greatest poets in the history of Israel. For his immense contributions to literature, Uri Zvi Greenberg was honored with several prestigious awards like the Bialik Prize and the Israel Prize.

 24 Yoram Kaniuk

Yoram Kaniuk
Famous As: Witer
Birthdate: May 2, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Died: June 8, 2013

Israeli author Yoram Kaniuk wrote about varied topics, such as the Holocaust and the 1948 war. Though born into an elite family, he joined the Palmach during the War of Independence and was wounded. A multidimensional man, he also studied painting and indulged in gambling and adventure in the US.

 25 Amos Elon

Amos Elon
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 4, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: May 25, 2009

 26 Amos Kenan

Amos Kenan
Famous As: Columnist
Birthdate: May 2, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tel Aviv–Yafo, Israel
Died: August 4, 2009

Israeli author and artist Amos Kenan was born to a construction worker father and dropped out of high school to join a Zionist movement. Part of the Canaanite movement, he penned a satirical column and plays that were inspired by the theater of the absurd. He was also a talented sculptor.

 27 David Kimche

David Kimche
Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: February 14, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 8, 2010

 28 Ze'ev Schiff

Ze'ev Schiff
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 1, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lille, France
Died: June 19, 2007

 29 Said Hammami

Said Hammami
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1941 AD
Birthplace: Tel Aviv–Yafo, Israel
Died: January 4, 1978