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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

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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.

F - G

  • David Faitelson TV sports journalist
  • Oded Fehr actor
  • Hagar Finer boxer
  • Danielle Frenkel high jumper
  • Gal Fridman Olympic medalist, windsurfer
  • Aviv Geffen musician, singer, songwriter, producer
  • Yehonatan Geffen author, journalist, playwright
  • Uri Geller psychic
  • Moshe Gershuni painter
  • Dudu Geva artist, writer, cartoonist, illustrator
  • Amos Gitai filmmaker, author
  • Ivry Gitlis violinist
  • Shlomo Glickstein tennis player
  • Eliyahu Moshe Goldratt physicist
  • Gideon "Gidi" Gov singer, tv host, actor
  • Roman Greenberg boxer
  • Shlomo Gronich singer, arranger, composer
  • David Grossman author
  • Eran Groumi swimmer
  • Batya Gur writer
  • Andi Gutmans programmer, co-founder Zend Technologies
  • Rivka Guver social worker
  • Emile Habibi writer
  • Amir Hadad tennis player
  • Sarit Hadad singer
  • Matt Haimovitz cellist
  • Michael "Mickey" Halika swimmer
  • Yotam Halperin basketball player
  • Dan Halutz Israeli Air Force general
  • Ofra Harnoy cellist
  • Amira Hass journalist, author
  • Ofra Haza singer
  • Netanel Hochberg agronomist
  • Eli Hurvitz industrialist
I - J
  • Gavriel Iddan electro-optical engineer, inventor
  • Yoseph Imry physicist
  • Eliahu Inbal conductor
  • Jezebel queen
  • Joseph saint, earthly father of Jesus Christ
  • Benjamin Kahn marine biologist
  • Daniel Kahneman psychologist, economist, Nobel laureate
  • Sharon Kam clarinetist
  • Shmaryahu Yosef Chaim Kanievsky rabbi, posek
  • Dani Karavan sculptor
  • Nissim Karelitz rabbi, chairman rabbinical court
  • Michael I. Karpin broadcast journalist, author
  • Sayed Kashua journalist, author
  • Moshe Katsav former president (born in Iran)
  • Amir Katz pianist
  • Etgar Keret writer, scriptwriter
  • Elias Daoud Khoury lawyer
  • Mordechai "Moti" Kirschenbaum media personality, documentarian
  • Amos Kollek film director, writer
  • Theodor "Teddy" Kollek politician (born in Hungary)
  • Elyasaf Kowner artist


  • Sigalit Landau video artist, sculptor
  • Yosef "Tommy" Lapid politician, journalist, presenter
  • Hana Laszlo actress, comedian
  • Daliah Lavi actress, singer
  • Smadar Lavie anthropologist, author
  • Keren Or Leibovitch Paralympic world champion swimmer
  • Alex Levac photojournalist
  • Hanoch Levin dramatist, theater director
  • Sara Levi-Tanai choreographer
  • Alexander Levitzki biochemist
  • Har'el Levy tennis player
  • Elon Lindenstrauss mathematician
  • Joram Lindenstrauss mathematician
  • Ranan Luri editorial cartoonist, journalist
  • Rod Lurie film director, screenwriter
  • Ehud Manor songwriter, translator, radio and tv host
  • Amos Mansdorf tennis player
  • Avishai Margalit philosopher, educator
  • Amihai Mazar archaeologist
  • Benjamin Mazar historian, archaeologist
  • Eilat Mazar archaeologist
  • Golda Meir former prime minister (born in Ukraine)
  • Mordecai Meirowitz inventor board game Master Mind
  • Yona Metzger rabbi
  • Arnon Milchan film producer
  • Benny Morris historian
  • Joel Moses computer scientist
  • Yoram Moses mathematician, author
  • Amal Murkus singer
N - O
  • Ohad Naharin dancer, choreographer, artistic director
  • Yuval Ne'eman theoretical physicist, politician
  • Nehemiah rebuilder of Jerusalem
  • Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu prime minister
  • Achinoam Nini singer
  • Chanoch Nissany automobile racer
  • Tzipora Obziler tennis player
  • Abi Ofarim dancer, musician
  • Esther Ofarim singer
  • Eli Ohana football striker
  • Ayelet Ohayon foil fencer
  • Noam Okun tennis player
  • Ehud Olmert former prime minister
  • Guy Oseary entertainment manager
  • Amos Oz writer, novelist, journalist

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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

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