Famous Israeli Political Leaders

Perched on the eastern shore of Mediterranean sea, Israel has been locked in conflict ever since its independence in 1948. Much of the hullabaloo has been because Israel is considered holy land by the Jews, Christian and Muslim. Thus, the ownership of the land has been a matter of constant debate. The conflict with the Palestinians and neighbouring Arabs has dominated the politics of the country. Though the country does not have a written constitution, it follows a parliamentary system of government, with the Prime Minister as the executive head of the country. The political environment of Israel is marked by volatile coalition government. Ever since its independence, Israel has been ruled by skilled and efficient leaders, who have steered the country towards advancement and progress. Some of the popular Israeli political leaders who helped shaped the country’s magnificent present and future include David Ben-Gurion the country’s first Prime Minister followed by Moshe Sharett and Levi Eshkol. Other prominent leaders include Ariel Sharon, Ehud Barak, Yitzhak Shamir, Golda Meir, Shimon Peres, and current and third-time Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Browse through this section and discover some interesting life facts and works of Israeli political leaders.

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 1 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

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

 3 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.

 4 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.

 5 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.

 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.

 7 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.
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 8 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.

 9 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.

 10 Ehud Barak

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

 11 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.

 12 Ehud Olmert

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

 13 Amin al-Husseini

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

 14 Jeroboam

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

 15 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.

 16 Avigdor Lieberman

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

 17 Naftali Bennett

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

 18 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

 19 Tzipi Livni

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

 20 Uzziah

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

 21 Herod Archelaus

Herod Archelaus
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Birthdate: 0023 BC
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 0018 AD

 22 Jehoiakim

Jehoiakim
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Famous As: king
Birthdate: 0634 BC
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 0598 BC

 23 Ish-bosheth

Ish-bosheth
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1052 BC
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 1010 BC

 24 Jeconiah

Jeconiah
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0615 AD
Nationality: Israeli

 25 Yair Lapid

Yair Lapid
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Politician, Actor, Television presenter
Birthdate: November 5, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Israeli

 26 Isser Harel

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

 27 Abba Eban

Abba Eban
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Famous As: Politician and Diplomat
Birthdate: February 2, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Israeli
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.

 28 George Habash

George Habash
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Famous As: Founder of The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Birthdate: August 2, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Israeli, Jordanian
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.

 29 Ezer Weizman

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

 30 Yigal Allon

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

 31 Moshe Sharett

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

 32 Yitzhak Ben-Zvi

Yitzhak Ben-Zvi
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 24, 1884
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Israeli, Ukrainian
Died: April 23, 1963

 33 Miri Regev

Miri Regev
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Famous As: Politician, Spokesperson, Officer
Birthdate: May 26, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Israeli

 34 Meir Amit

Meir Amit
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 17, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Israeli
Died: July 17, 2009

 35 Jehoram

Jehoram
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Famous As: King of Judah
Birthdate: 0881 BC
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 0842 BC

 36 Amon of Judah

Amon of Judah
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Birthdate: 0660 BC
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 0640 BC

 37 Amaziah of Judah

Amaziah of Judah
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0802 BC
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 0776 BC

 38 Aryeh Deri

Aryeh Deri
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 17, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Israeli

 39 Nir Barkat

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

 40 Tzipi Hotovely

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

 41 Zalman Shazar

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

 42 Shaul Mofaz

Shaul Mofaz
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Famous As: Politician, Officer
Birthdate: November 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Israeli

 43 Yitzhak Navon

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

 44 Danny Danon

Danny Danon
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 8, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Israeli

 45 Haneen Zoabi

Haneen Zoabi
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Famous As: Member of the Knesset
Birthdate: May 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Israeli

 46 Elazar Shach

Elazar Shach
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Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: January 1, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Israeli, Lithuanian
Died: November 2, 2001

 47 Dalia Rabin-Pelossof

Dalia Rabin-Pelossof
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: March 19, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Israeli

 48 Shulamit Aloni

Shulamit Aloni
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 27, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Israeli
Died: January 24, 2014

 49 Silvan Shalom

Silvan Shalom
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Famous As: Diplomat, Politician, Economist
Birthdate: August 4, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Israeli

 50 Yuval Ne'eman

Yuval Ne'eman
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: May 14, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Israeli
Died: April 26, 2006