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List of famous people from Israel, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Israel, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Israel you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Israel, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

Ibrahim Abu-Lughod and Ali Nassar are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Israel?" or "Which celebrities were born in Israel?" then this list is a great resource for you.

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Benjamin Netanyahu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu age 67 - Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu is the current Prime Minister of Israel. He also currently serves as a member of the Knesset, Chairman of the Likud party and Minister of Public Diplomacy and ...more

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Daphne Rosen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Israel
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Yitzhak Rabin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Israel
Yitzhak Rabin Died at 73 (1922-1995) - Yitzhak Rabin was an Israeli politician, statesman and general. He was the fifth Prime Minister of Israel, serving two terms in office, 1974–77 and 1992 until his assassination in 1995. Rabin ...more

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Shlomo Argov is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Israel
Shlomo Argov Died at 74 (1929-2003) - Shlomo Argov was a prominent Israeli diplomat. He was the Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom whose attempted assassination led to the 1982 Lebanon War.

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Daliah Lavi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Israel
Daliah Lavi age 74 - Daliah Lavi is an Israeli actress, singer, and model.

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Jamie Heaslip is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Israel
Jamie Heaslip age 33 - James Peter Richard "Jamie" Heaslip is an Irish rugby union player playing for Leinster and Ireland. He plays as a number 8

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Guy Oseary is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Israel
Guy Oseary age 44 - Guy Harley Oseary is an Israeli American talent manager, investor, writer and businessman who began his career in entertainment at 17 at what was to become Maverick. He is Madonna's manager and ...more

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Sirhan Sirhan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Israel
Sirhan Sirhan age 73 - Sirhan Bishara Sirhan is a Palestinian of Jordanian citizenship who was convicted of the 1968 assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy. He is currently serving a life sentence at the ...more

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Salah Khalaf is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Israel
Salah Khalaf Died at 58 (1933-1991) - Salah Mesbah Khalaf, also known as Abu Iyad was deputy chief and head of intelligence for the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the second most senior official of Fatah after Yasser Arafat. ...more

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Judea Pearl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Israel
Judea Pearl age 80 - Judea Pearl is an Israeli-born American computer scientist and philosopher, best known for championing the probabilistic approach to artificial intelligence and the development of Bayesian ...more

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Edward Said is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Israel
Edward Said Died at 68 (1935-2003) - Edward Wadie Said was a Palestinian American literary theorist and public intellectual who helped found the critical-theory field of postcolonialism. Born in Jerusalem in Mandatory Palestine to ...more

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Adi Shamir is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Israel
Adi Shamir age 64 - Adi Shamir is an Israeli cryptographer. He is a co-inventor of the RSA algorithm, a co-inventor of the Feige–Fiat–Shamir identification scheme, one of the inventors of differential cryptanalysis ...more

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Matt Schwartz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Israel
Matt Schwartz age 45 - Matt Schwartz is an Israeli-British multi-instrumentalist record producer a songwriter, an artist, DJ, and a prolific audio engineer based in London. He has contributed to numerous records since ...more

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Shirly Brener is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Israel
Shirly Brener age 38 - Shirly Brener is an Israeli and American actress, producer, show host, art connoisseur and writer.

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Elie Tahari is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Israel
Elie Tahari age 65 - Elie Tahari is an Israeli-American luxury fashion designer of men and women's clothing. Elie Tahari, Ltd., the company he founded, has annual revenue of more than $500 million.

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Avi Arad is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Israel
Avi Arad age 68 - Avi Arad is a film and television producer.

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Ralph Bakshi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Israel
Ralph Bakshi age 78 - Ralph Bakshi is an American director of animated and live-action films. In the 1970s, he established an alternative to mainstream animation through independent and adult-oriented productions. ...more

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Modi Rosenfeld is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Israel
Modi Rosenfeld age 46 - Modi Rosenfeld, known professionally as Modi is a stand-up comedian, actor, and cantor.

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Nir Z is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Israel
Nir Z age 48 - Nir Zidkyahu is a well-established studio-session drummer, and the brother of Blackfield's drummer Tomer Z. He played the drums for eight songs on Genesis' 1997 album, Calling All Stations, and ...more

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Etan Cohen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Israel
Etan Cohen age 43 - Etan Cohen is an American film director and screenwriter.

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Shay Raviv is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Israel
Shay Raviv age 33 - Shay Raviv is a film score composer.

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Eyal Sela is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Israel
Eyal Sela Project manager at the Israeli Internet Association & ‎W3C‎‏‎ • Author of ProductiveWise: productivity, social media, & Internet blog ‎

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Emanuel Vardi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Israel
Emanuel Vardi Died at 96 (1915-2011) - Emanuel Vardi was a violist and film score composer.

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Avi Mograbi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Israel
Avi Mograbi age 61 - Avi Mograbi is an Israeli documentary filmmaker.

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Ayelet Waldman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Israel
Ayelet Waldman age 52 - Ayelet Waldman is an Israeli American novelist and essayist. She has written seven mystery novels in the series The Mommy-Track Mysteries and three other novels. She has also written ...more

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Simcha Jacobovici is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Israel
Simcha Jacobovici age 64 - Simcha Jacobovici is a Canadian Israeli film director, producer, freelance journalist, and writer.

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Roman Ragazzi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Israel

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Sally Pinkas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Israel
Sally Pinkas Sally Pinkas is a pianist, born and raised in Israel. She moved to the United States as a teenager to study piano. She earned performance degrees from Indiana University and the New England ...more

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Ami James is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Israel
Ami James age 45 - Ami James, is an Israeli-born tattoo artist. His father, an American, converted to Judaism three years prior to moving to Israel, where he joined the Israeli army and met James' mother. James ...more

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Yoni Goodman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Israel
Yoni Goodman age 41 - Yoni Goodman is an Israeli animator.

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Amir Pnueli is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Israel
Amir Pnueli Died at 68 (1941-2009) - Amir Pnueli was an Israeli computer scientist and the 1996 Turing Award recipient.

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Avraham Oz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Israel
Avraham Oz age 71 - Avraham Oz is an Israeli associate professor of Theatre and Hebrew and Comparative literature at the University of Haifa, a translator of plays, operas, and poetry into Hebrew, and a peace ...more

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Moshe Y. Vardi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Israel
Moshe Y. Vardi age 61 - Moshe Ya'akov Vardi is an Israeli computer scientist. He is a Professor of Computer Science at Rice University, USA. He is the Karen Ostrum George Professor in Computational Engineering, ...more

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Yossi Shain is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Israel
Yossi Shain age 59 - Yossi Shain is the Romulo Betancourt Professor of Political Science at Tel Aviv University where he also serves as Chairman of the Political Science Department, head of the Abba Eban Graduate ...more

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Ron Arad is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Israel
Ron Arad age 66 - Ron Arad is an Israeli industrial designer, artist, and architect.

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Ghassan Kanafani is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Israel
Ghassan Kanafani Died at 36 (1936-1972) - Ghassan Kanafani was a Palestinian writer and a leading member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. He was assassinated by car bomb in Beirut by the Mossad.

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Omer Bartov is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Israel
Omer Bartov age 62 - Omer Bartov is the John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History and Professor of History and Professor of German Studies at Brown University. Bartov was born in Israel and ...more

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Moshe Safdie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Israel
Moshe Safdie age 78 - Moshe Safdie, CC, FAIA is an Israeli/Canadian/American architect, urban designer, educator, theorist, and author. He is most identified with Habitat 67, which paved the way for his international ...more

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Saint Dismas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Israel
Saint Dismas Died at 50 (17 BC-33) - The Penitent thief, also known as the Thief on the Cross or the Good Thief, is an unnamed person mentioned in the Gospel of Luke who was crucified alongside Jesus and asked Jesus to remember him ...more

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Jona von Ustinov is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Israel
Jona von Ustinov Died at 70 (1892-1962) - Jona Baron von Ustinov was a German journalist and diplomat who worked for MI5 during the time of the Nazi regime. He was the son of Baron Plato von Ustinov and father of the actor Sir Peter

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Moshe Weinberg is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Israel
Moshe Weinberg Died at 33 (1939-1972) - Moshe Weinberg was the coach of the Israeli international wrestling team as well as being the coach of Hapoel Tel Aviv. He was the Israeli youth champion in wrestling and also the adult champion ...more

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Aviv Geffen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Israel
Aviv Geffen age 43 - אביב גפן (נולד ב-10 במאי 1973) הוא זמר-יוצר, מוזיקאי, מלחין, פזמונאי ומפיק מוזיקלי ישראלי. גפן הוא שותפו של סטיבן וילסון לצמד "בלאקפילד". גפן ידוע בתור הזמר שסחף את הנוער הישראלי בשנות ...more

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Aaron Ciechanover is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Israel
Aaron Ciechanover age 69 - Aaron Ciechanover ah-hah-ROHN chee-HAH-noh-vehr is an Israeli biologist, who won the Nobel prize in Chemistry for characterizing the method that cells use to degrade and recycle proteins using ...more

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Ehud Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Israel
Ehud Shapiro age 60 - Prof. Ehud Shapiro is an Israeli scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science, where he is a professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, and Biological

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Nathan Seiberg is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Israel
Nathan Seiberg age 60 - Nathan "Nati" Seiberg is an Israeli American theoretical physicist who works on string theory. He is currently a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey,

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Adéle Geras is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Israel
Adéle Geras age 73 - Adèle Geras is an English writer for young children, teens and adults. Her husband was the Marxist academic Norman Geras and their daughter Sophie Hannah is also a novelist and poet.

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Avi Belleli is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Israel
Avi Belleli age 52 - Avi Belleli is an Israeli singer and musician.

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Arieh Warshel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Israel
Arieh Warshel age 76 - Arieh Warshel is an Israeli-American biochemist and biophysicist. He is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and holds the Dana and David Dornsife Chair in Chemistry at the ...more

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Ron Arad is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Israel
Ron Arad age 57 - Lieutenant Colonel Ron Arad, was an Israeli Air Force weapon systems officer who is officially classified as missing in action since October 1986, but is widely presumed dead. Arad was lost on a ...more

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Ohad Naharin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Israel
Ohad Naharin age 63 - Ohad Naharin is an Israeli contemporary dancer, choreographer and dance company artistic director.