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Israel's Information

Flag of Israel
Land Area 20,330 km2
Water Area 440 km2
Total Area 20,770km2 (#149)
Population 8,174,527 (#98)
Population Density 402.09/km2
Government Type Parliamentary Democracy
GDP (PPP) $297.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $34,800
Currency Shekel (ILS)
Largest Cities
People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.


  • Mahmoud Abbas chairman PLO
  • Avital Abergel actress
  • Yaacov Agam sculptor
  • Ron Aharoni mathematician
  • Yisrael Aharoni chef
  • Yakir Aharonov physicist
  • Beny Alagem founder Packard Bell Electronics
  • Gila Almagor actress, author
  • Noga Alon mathematician
  • Shimshon Avraham Amitsur mathematician
  • Esther "Etti" Ankri singer, songwriter
  • Avi Arad film producer
  • Rod Arad Air Force officer
  • Ron Arad industrial designer, artist, architect
  • Yael Arad Olympic medalist, judoka
  • Yardena Arazi singer
  • Yitzhak Arieli rabbi
  • Ted Arison co-founder Norwegian Cruise Lines, founder Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Ruth Arnon biochemist
  • Shlomo Artzi singer, songwriter, composer
  • David Ascalon sculptor, stained glass artist
  • Lior Ashkenazi actor
  • Gavriel "Babi" Ashkenazi Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff
  • Yvan Attal actor, director
  • Shlomo Zalman Auerbach rabbi, posek, rosh yeshiva
  • Gad Avigad biochemist
  • Mili Avital actress
  • Aki Avni actor, television host
  • Yigal Azrouel fashion designer
  • Ralph Bakshi film director
  • Ehud Banai singer, songwriter
  • Moshe Bar technologist, author
  • Moshe Bar neuroscientist
  • Ehud Barak former prime minister, politician
  • Ifar "Eef" Barzelay singer, songwriter, musician
  • Menachem Begin former prime minister (born in Belarus)
  • Noam Behr tennis player
  • Yosef "Yossi" Beilin politician
  • Ofer Ben-Amots composer
  • Miri Ben-Ari violinist
  • David Ben-Gurion first prime minister (born in Poland)
  • Yohai Ben-Nun Israeli Navy commander
  • Ron Ben-Yishai journalist
  • Eli Biham cryptographer, cryptanalyst
  • Gilad Bloom tennis player
  • Natan Brand classical pianist
  • Nir Brand conductor, musician
  • Moshe "Mike" Brant singer
  • David Broza singer, songwriter, musician
  • Yehuda Burla author


  • Rhea Carmi artist
  • Matti Caspi composer, musician, lyricist
  • Omri Casspi basketball player
  • Orly Castel-Bloom author
  • Galit Chait ice dancer
  • Aaron Ciechanover biologist, Nobel laureate
  • Avishai Cohen singer, arranger, composer, bassist
  • Sharon Cohen "Dana International" singer, songwriter
  • David Israelite king religious leader
  • Asaf "Assi" Dayan film director, screenwriter, producer
  • Moshe Dayan military leader, politician
  • Yael Dayan politician, author
  • Amos de-Shalit nuclear physicist
  • David Elieser Deutsch physicist
  • David D'Or singer, songwriter, composer
  • Avner Dorman composer
  • Shay Doron basketball player
  • Yosef Tzvi Dushinsky rabbi, author
  • Arik Einstein singer, songwriter
  • Efraim "Effi" Eitam politician
  • Gad Elbaz singer
  • Elijah prophet
  • Dror Elimelech psychiatrist, psychotherapist, composer
  • Elisha prophet
  • Lior Eliyahu basketball player
  • Boaz Ellis foil fencer
  • Yosef Shalom Elyashiv rabbi, posek
  • Mordechai Tzemach Eliyahu rabbi, posek, spiritual leader
  • Giora Epstein Israeli Air Force colonel, pilot
  • Levi Eshkol former prime minister (born in Ukraine)
  • Ethnix music group
  • Uzi Even professor, politician, activist
  • Ezekiel prophet

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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

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