Famous Israeli Media Personalities

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Uri Geller
(Magician)
Uri Geller
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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.
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Nas Daily
(Video blogger)
Nas Daily
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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.

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Ofra Haza
(Singer, Voice actor, Actor, Composer, Journalist, Pianist, Songwriter)
Ofra Haza
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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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Meir Kahane
(Politician, Rabbi, Journalist)
Meir Kahane
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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.

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Ami James
(Tattoo artist)
Ami James
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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.

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Yair Lapid
(Journalist, Writer, Politician, Actor, Television presenter)
Yair Lapid
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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.

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Dmitry Glukhovsky
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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.

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

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Rula Jebreal
(Palestinian Foreign Policy Analyst, Journalist, Novelist and Screenwriter)
Rula Jebreal
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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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Amos Oz
(Writer, Linguist, Journalist, Novelist, Translator, Essayist, Educationist, University teacher, Children's writer)
Amos Oz
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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.

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Max Brod
(Former prolific writer best remembered as the friend and biographer of writer Franz Kafka)
Max Brod
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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. 

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David Grossman
(Writer, Radio personality, Screenwriter, Journalist, Children's writer)
David Grossman
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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.

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Ivan Urgant
(Russia's Most Popular TV Presenter Known for His Late-Night Talk Show 'Evening Urgant')
Ivan Urgant
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Birthdate: April 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Popular Russian host and actor Ivan Urgant is best known to audiences as Boris from the Yolki comedy film series. Dubbed the Russian Jimmy Kimmel, he is believed to have fled to Israel, as his show Evening Urgant was taken off the air soon after he criticized Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

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Benny Morris
(Historian, Writer, University teacher, Journalist)
Benny Morris
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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. 

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Rudolf Kastner
(Former Journalist, lawyer known for Saving 1,684 Jews on the Kastner train, who were otherwise destined for Auschwitz)
Rudolf Kastner
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Birthdate: 1906 AD
Birthplace: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Died: March 15, 1957
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Gideon Levy
(journalist, writer)
Gideon Levy
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Birthdate: June 2, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tel Aviv
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Tommy Lapid
(Serbian-Born Israeli Journalist and Politician)
Tommy Lapid
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Birthdate: December 27, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Novi Sad, Serbia
Died: June 1, 2008

Serbian-born Israeli politician Yosef Lapid started his career as a print and broadcast journalist who went on to win the prestigious Sokolov Award. He then focused on politics and joined the Zionist Shinui party, before switching to the Secular Faction. He also served as Israel’s deputy prime minister and minister of justice.

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Amira Hass
(Writer, Journalist)
Amira Hass
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Birthdate: June 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jerusalem
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Raymonda Tawil
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Birthdate: 1940 AD
Birthplace: Acre in Mandatory Palestine
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Ghada Karmi
(Doctor of medicine)
Ghada Karmi
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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.

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Yossi Sarid
(Journalist, Politician, Writer, Poet, Educator)
Yossi Sarid
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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.

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Amos Elon
(Journalist)
Amos Elon
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Birthdate: July 4, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: May 25, 2009
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David Kimche
(Diplomat)
David Kimche
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Birthdate: February 14, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 8, 2010
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Amos Kenan
(Israeli Columnist, Painter, Sculptor, Playwright and Novelist)
Amos Kenan
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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.

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Ze'ev Schiff
(Journalist)
Ze'ev Schiff
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Birthdate: July 1, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lille, France
Died: June 19, 2007
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Said Hammami
(Politician)
Said Hammami
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Birthdate: 1941 AD
Birthplace: Tel Aviv–Yafo, Israel
Died: January 4, 1978