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Famous Israelis

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.


  • Judea Pearl computer scientist, philosopher
  • Shahar Pe'er tennis player
  • Mattityahu "Matti Peled military leader, scholar, peace activist
  • Nurit Peled-Elhanan peace activist, educator
  • Shimon Peres president (born in Belarus)
  • Shahar Perkiss tennis player
  • Itzhak Perlman violinist, conductor
  • Isaac Perlmutter financier
  • Amir Pnueli computer scientist
  • Eyal Podell actor
  • Natalie Portman actress
Q - R
  • Ahmed Qurei former prime minister Palestinian National Authority
  • Yitzhak Rabin former prime minister, statesman, Nobel laureate
  • Sheizaf Rafaeli researcher, author, journalist
  • Idan Raichel singer, songwriter, musician
  • Ilan Ramon astronaut, fighter pilot
  • Eyal Ran tennis player
  • Shulamit Ran composer
  • Dahlia Ravikovitch poet, translator, peace activist
  • Ilana Raviv artist
  • Joseph Raz philosopher
  • Yoni Rechter singer, composer, pianist, arranger
  • Yissachaar Dov Rokeach II leader Hasidic dynasty
  • Pnina Rosenblum model, media personality
  • Esther Roth-Shahamorov track and field athlete
  • Ariel Rubinstein economist
  • Moshe Safdie architect, urban designer
  • Shmuel Safra computer scientist
  • Uri Savir diplomat, politician
  • Zahara Schatz artist
  • Dan Schechtman physicist, Nobel laureate
  • Inbal Segev cellist
  • Nathan "Nati" Seiberg theoretical physicist
  • David "Dudi" Sela tennis player
  • Hagai Shaham violinist
  • Meir Shalev writer
  • Zeruya Shalev author
  • Gilad Shalit soldier
  • Adi Shamir cryptographer
  • Moshe Shamir author, playwright
  • Yitzhak Shamir former prime minister (born in Belarus)
  • Michael Shani cellist
  • Ehud Shapiro computer scientist
  • Moshe Sharett former prime minister (born in Ukraine)
  • Ariel Sharon former prime minister, statesman
  • Saharon Shelah mathematician
  • Naomi Shemer singer, songwriter
  • Mati Shemoelof poet, editor, journalist, activist
  • Noam Sheriff composer, conductor, arranger
  • Gil Shohat composer, conductor, pianist
  • Gil Shwed programmer, entrepreneur
  • Gene Simmons (born Chaim Weitz) musician, singer
  • Hillel Slovak musician
  • Shay-Oren Smadja Olympic medalist, judoka
  • Yizhar Smilansky (S. Yizhar) writer
  • Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld chief rabbi, writer
  • Avner Strauss music producer, musician, singer
  • Tal Stricker swimmer
  • Elia Suleiman film director, actor
  • Zeev Suraski programmer, co-founder Zend Technologies
  • Israel Tal Israel Defense Forces general
  • Yoav Talmi composer, conductor
  • David Tartakover graphic designer, artist
  • Ninet Tayeb singer, actress
  • Chaim Topol theatrical, film producer, actor
  • Amos Nathan Tversky cognitive, mathematical psychologist
U - Y
  • Raviv "Ricky" Ullman actor, musician
  • Eithan Urbach swimmer
  • Aaron Valero physician, author
  • Arie Vardi pianist
  • Joseph "Yossi" Vardi high-tech entrepreneur
  • Moshe U. Vardi professor, computer scientist, author
  • Ilana Vered pianist
  • Eliezer Waldenberg rabbi
  • Chaim Walder author, rabbi
  • Chaim Azriel Weizmann first president
  • Avi Wigderson mathematician, computer scientist
  • Yigael Yadin archeologist, politician
  • Abraham B. "Bulli" Yehoshua novelist, playwright
  • Ada E. Yonath crystallographer
  • Ovadia Yosef scholar, spiritual leader (born in Iraq)
  • Ishtar Zach singer
  • Ariel Za'evi Olympic medalist, judoka
  • Amotz Zahavi evolutionary biologist
  • Hagai Zamir Paralympics champion
  • Rika Zarai singer, songwriter
  • Rehavam "Gandhi" Ze'evi politician, historian, founder Moledet party
  • Daron Zeilberger mathematician
  • Nir Zidkyahu drummer
  • Benny Ziffer author, journalist
  • Haim Zinovitch "Zino" musician
  • Naor Zion comedian, actor
  • Jacob Ziv computer scientist
  • Shahar Zubari Olympic medalist, windsurfer
  • Pinchas Zukerman violinist, violist, conductor
  • Ayelet Zurer actress
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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)
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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.