Writers Famous Authors from Israel

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List of the most popular authors from Israel, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Israeli authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Israeli writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List authors include Haim Ginott, Agi Mishol and many additional authors as well.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Israel?" and "Who are the best Israeli authors?"

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Gershom Scholem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Walter benjamin, Encyclopaedia Judaica, Die jüdische Mystik in ihren Hauptströmungen Gerhard Scholem who, after his immigration from Germany to Palestine, changed his name to Gershom Scholem, was a German-born Israeli philosopher and historian. He is widely regarded as the ...more

Amos Elon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Amos Elon Der erste Rothschild. Biographie eines Frankfurter Juden, A Blood-Dimmed Tide, Between enemies Amos Elon was an Israeli journalist and author. Married to Beth Elon and father of filmmaker Danae Elon.

Leah Rabin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Rabin Leah Rabin is an actor.

Eliyahu M. Goldratt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement, Cadena Critica, The Haystack Syndrome Eliyahu Moshe Goldratt was an Israeli physicist who became a business management guru. He was the originator of the Optimized Production Technique, the Theory of Constraints, the Thinking ...more

Max Brod is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Franz Kafka, Tycho Brahe's Path to God, Reubeni Max Brod was a German-speaking Czech Jewish, later Israeli, author, composer, and journalist. Although he was a prolific writer in his own right, he is most famous as the friend and biographer ...more

Martin Buber is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Der Glaube der Propheten, Das Problem des Menschen, Die jüdische Bewegung : gesammelte Aufsätze und Ansprachen Martin Buber was an Austrian-born Israeli Jewish philosopher best known for his philosophy of dialogue, a form of existentialism centered on the distinction between the I–Thou relationship and ...more

Daniel Barenboim is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Parallels and Paradoxes, A Life in Music, Una Vida Para La Musica Daniel Barenboim is an Argentine pianist and conductor. Currently, he is general music director of La Scala in Milan, the Berlin State Opera, and the Staatskapelle Berlin; he previously served ...more

Daniel J. Elazar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
The Other Jews, Exploring federalism, Local government and politics in Israel Daniel Judah Elazar was a professor of political science at Bar-Ilan University and Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the founder and president of the Jerusalem Center for Public ...more

Ephraim Kishon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Ideologie für den Hausgebrauch, Ma'arkhonim, The fox in the chicken-coop Ephraim Kishon was an Israeli author, dramatist, screenwriter, and Oscar-nominated film director. He was one of the most widely read contemporary satirists in the world.

David Grossman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
To the End of the Land, Itamar mikhtav, Ah hadash legamre David Grossman is an Israeli author. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages, and have won numerous prizes. He is also a noted activist and critic of Israeli policy toward ...more

Abraham Isaac Kook is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
The Essential Writings of Abraham Isaac Kook, Oraḥ mishpaṭ, Ṭov roʼi Abraham Isaac Kook was the first Ashkenazi chief rabbi of the British Mandatory Palestine, the founder of Yeshiva Mercaz HaRav Kook, Jewish thinker, Halachist, Kabbalist and a renowned Torah ...more

Mahmoud Darwish is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Psalms, The music of human flesh, Splinters of bone Mahmoud Darwish was a Palestinian poet and author who won numerous awards for his literary output and was regarded as the Palestinian national poet. In his work, Palestine became a metaphor for ...more

Pinchas Lapide is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Jewish monotheism and Christian trinitarian doctrine, Three Popes and the Jews, Die Verwendung des Hebräischen in den chris̀tlichen Religionsgemeinschaften mit besonderer Berücksichtigung des Landes Israel Pinchas Lapide was a Jewish theologian and Israeli historian. He was an Israeli diplomat from 1951 to 1969, among other position acting as Israeli Consul to Milan, and was instrumental in ...more

Amos Oz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
A Tale of Love and Darkness, How to Cure a Fanatic, A Perfect Peace Amos Oz is an Israeli writer, novelist, journalist and intellectual. He is also a professor of literature at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba. Oz's work has been published in 42 languages, ...more

Aharon Appelfeld is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
The Immortal Bartfuss, All Whom I Have Loved, Katerina Aharon Appelfeld is an Israeli novelist.

David Stevens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Queen: The Story of an American Family, The Sum of Us, Meditation in six steps David Stevens is a film director and screenwriter.

Abba Eban is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
The meaning of Jewish history, Israel in the world, Diplomacy for the next century Abba Eban was an Israeli diplomat and politician, and a scholar of the Arabic and Hebrew languages. In his career he was Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister, Education Minister, Deputy Prime ...more

Shmuel Yosef Agnon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
In the Heart of Seas, Two Tales, Sefer Shmuel Yosef Agnon was a Nobel Prize laureate writer and was one of the central figures of modern Hebrew fiction. In Hebrew, he is known by the acronym Shai Agnon. In English, his works are ...more

Uri Orlev is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Run, Boy, Run Urine Orlev is an Israeli children's author and translator of Polish-Jewish origin. He received the international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1996 for his "lasting contribution to ...more

David Ben-Gurion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Nilahem ke-umah, The ABC of Zionist policy, Min ha-yoman David Ben-Gurion was the primary founder and the first Prime Minister of Israel. Ben-Gurion's passion for Zionism, which began early in life, led him to become a major Zionist leader and ...more

Rod Lurie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Once upon a time in Hollywood Rod Lurie is an Israeli-American director, screenwriter and former film critic.

Batya Gur is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Angst im eigenen Land. Israelische und palästinensiche Schriftsteller im Gespräch, Bethlehem Road Murder, Mi-kevish ha-raav semolah Batya Gur was an Israeli writer. Her specialty was detective fiction.

Hayim Nahman Bialik is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Sefer ha-aggadah, Random Harvest & Other Novellas, Aftergrowth Hayim Nahman Bialik, also Chaim or Haim, was a Jewish poet who wrote primarily in Hebrew but also in Yiddish. Bialik was one of the pioneers of modern Hebrew poetry and came to be recognized as ...more

Yeshayahu Leibowitz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Śiḥot ʻal madaʻ ṿa-ʻarakhim, Am, erets Yeshayahu Leibowitz was an Israeli Jewish public intellectual, professor of biochemistry, organic chemistry and neurophysiology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a polymath known for his ...more

Yitzhak Rabin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
ha- Milḥamah bi-Levanon, Divre rosh ha-mateh ha-kelali, Service Book 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

Golda Meir is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
My Father's House, This is our strength, Golda Meir speaks out Golda Meir was an Israeli teacher, kibbutznik, politician and the fourth Prime Minister of Israel. Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel on March 17, 1969, after serving as Minister of ...more

Nathan Rotenstreich is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Nathan Rotenstreich The Holocaust As a Historical Experience, On the human subject, Between past and present Nathan Rotenstreich was an Israeli professor of philosophy.

Shaul Tchernichovsky is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Selected poems of Saul Tchernichowsky, On Blood, They Say There Is a Land Saul Tchernichowsky is a poet.

Gila Almagor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Aviya's Summer, Under the domim tree Gila Almagor is an Israeli actress, film star, and author. In Israel she is known as "queen of the Israeli cinema and theatre".

Yehuda Amichai is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Me-aḥore kol zeh mistater osher gadol, The great tranquillity, Sheʻat ha-ḥesed Yehuda Amichai was an Israeli poet. Amichai is considered by many, both in Israel and internationally, as Israel's greatest modern poet. He was also one of the first to write in colloquial ...more

Anatoly Khazanov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Nomads and the outside world, Krushenie posledneĭ kolonialʹnoĭ imperii, After the U.S.S.R Anatoly Mikhailovich Khazanov is an anthropologist and historian. Born in Moscow, Khazanov attended Moscow State University, where he received an M.A. in 1960. He earned a Ph.D. degree in 1966 ...more

Meir Shalev is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
A Pigeon and a Boy, The Loves of Judith, Mishkav letsim Meir Shalev is an Israeli writer. Shalev's books have been translated into 26 languages.

Menachem Begin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
The Revolt, White Nights: The story of a prisoner in Russia, Hashḳafat ḥayim ṿe-hashḳafah leʼumit Menachem Begin was an Israeli politician, founder of Likud and the sixth Prime Minister of the State of Israel. Before the creation of the state of Israel, he was the leader of the Zionist ...more

Dan Gordon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Rain Man, Irena's Vow Dan Gordon is an Israeli-American film and television screenwriter. He also serves as a Captain in the Israel Defense Forces.

Natan Yonatan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Natan Yonatan Within the song to live, Stones in the Darkness, Poems Natan Yonatan was an Israeli poet. His poems have been translated from Hebrew and published in more than a dozen languages, among them: Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, ...more

Felix Zandman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Felix Zandman Resistor theory and technology, Never the last journey, Photoelastic coatings Felix Zandman was the founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of Vishay Intertechnology – one of the world's largest manufacturers of electronic components. From 1946 to 1949 he studied in ...more

Emil Fackenheim is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
The Jewish Thought of Emil Fackenheim, The conception of substance in the philosophy of the Ikhwan as-Safa', Metaphysics and historicity Emil Ludwig Fackenheim was a noted Jewish philosopher and Reform rabbi. Born in Halle, Germany, he was arrested by Nazis on the night of 9 November 1938, known as Kristallnacht. Briefly interned ...more

Chaim Herzog is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
The Arab-Israeli wars, Living history, Yamim ha-gedolim Chaim Herzog was an Irish-born Israeli politician, general, lawyer and author who served as the sixth President of Israel.

Paul Erdős is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Old and new problems and results in combinatorial number theory Paul Erdős was a Hungarian mathematician. He was one of the most prolific mathematicians of the 20th century, but also known for his social practice of mathematics and eccentric lifestyle. Erdős ...more

Benjamin Netanyahu is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
A place among the nations, Fighting terrorism, Makom tahat ha-shemesh 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

Yair Lapid is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Ha-Tzel Shel Yoav, Ha-Rosh Ha-Kaful, Shkia Be-Moskwa Yair Lapid is an Israeli politician and former news anchor who currently serves as the chairman of the Yesh Atid Party. He served as the Israeli Minister of Finance between 2013 and 2014. Prior ...more

Yoram Kaniuk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Yoram Kaniuk Adam Resurrected, The acrophile, Lailah ʻal ha-ḥof ʻim ṭranzisṭor Yoram Kaniuk was an Israeli writer, painter, journalist, and theater critic.

Amnon Dankner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Yamaṿ ṿe-lelotaṿ shel ha-dodah Eṿah, Dan Ben Amots : biyografyah, Efoh hayinu u-mah ʻaśinu : otsar shenot ha-ḥamishim ṿeha-shishim Amnon Dankner was an Israeli newspaper editor and author. He was the editor of the mass-circulation daily Maariv for six years.

Ezer Weizman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Israel, On Eagles' Wings: The Personal Story of the Leading Commander of the Israeli Air Force, ha-Kerav al ha-shalom Ezer Weizman was the seventh President of Israel, first elected in 1993 and re-elected in 1998. Before the presidency, Weizman was commander of the Israeli Air Force and Minister of Defense.

Dahn Ben-Amotz is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Reflections in Time, A Lovely War, Don't Give a Damn Dahn Ben-Amotz was an Israeli radio broadcaster, journalist, playwright, and author, as well as a former Palmah member. Despite having immigrated from Poland in 1938, he was often considered the ...more

Leah Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Lady of the castle, Russian literature in the nineteenth century, Selected poetry and drama Lea Goldberg was a prolific Hebrew-language poet, author, playwright, literary translator, and comparative literary researcher. Her writings are considered classics of Israeli literature.

Saul Friedländer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Reflections of Nazism, The Years of Extermination, Pius XII and the Third Reich Saul Friedländer is an award-winning Israeli historian and currently a professor of history at UCLA.

Moshe Dayan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Haruzim le-Liki veli-Yehonatan, Śiḥot ʻim Mosheh Dayan, Mapah ḥadashah - yaḥasim aḥerim Moshe Dayan was an Israeli military leader and politician. He was the second child born on the first kibbutz, but he moved with his family in 1921, and he grew up on a moshav. As commander of ...more

Marcel Janco is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Marcel Janco Marcel Janco was a Romanian and Israeli visual artist, architect and art theorist. He was the co-inventor of Dadaism and a leading exponent of Constructivism in Eastern Europe. In the 1910s, he ...more

Sami Michael is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Israel
Sami Michael Ḥasut, Eine Liebe in Bagdad. ( Ab 13 J.), Ahavah ben ha-dekalim Sami Michael is an Israeli author. Since 2001, Michael has been the President of The Association for Civil Rights in Israel. Michael was among the first in Israel to call for the creation of an ...more