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Famous Writers from Israel

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List of famous writers from Israel, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Israel is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Israeli writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Israel and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

This list has everything from Shuki Levy to Menahem Golan.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Israeli writers?" and "Which writers are from Israel?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Israel in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Israel, but they're all of Israel descent.
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Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Age: 38

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel

Nationality: United States of America, Israel

Works: New York, I Love You, Eve, Frontal Lobe Activation during Object Permanence: Data from Near-Infrared Spectroscopy, A Simple Method to Demonstrate the Enzymatic Production of Hydrogen from Sugar

Natalie Portman (born Neta-Lee Hershlag; June 9, 1981) is an actress and filmmaker with dual Israeli and American citizenship. She is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy ...more

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Mark Helprin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Age: 72

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York

Nationality: United States of America, Israel

Works: A Soldier of the Great War, Winter's Tale, Freddy and Fredericka, A City in Winter, Ellis Island and Other Stories, + more

Mark Helprin (born June 28, 1947) is an American novelist, journalist, conservative commentator, Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy, ...more

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David Grossman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Age: 65

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Jerusalem District, Eurasia, Israel

Nationality: Israel

Works: To the End of the Land, Ah hadash legamre, Rural process-pattern relationships, Lion's Honey: The Myth of Samson, Media Violence Alert, + more

David Grossman (Hebrew: דויד גרוסמן‎; born January 25, 1954) is an Israeli author. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages, and have won numerous prizes. He addressed the ...more
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Menahem Golan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Dec. at 85 (1929-2014)

Birthplace: Tiberias, Israel

Nationality: Israel

Works: The Delta Force, The Apple, Mack the Knife, Lupo, Crime and Punishment, + more

Menahem Golan (Hebrew: מנחם גולן; May 31, 1929 – August 8, 2014) was an Oscar-nominated Israeli film producer, screenwriter, and director. He was best known for co-owning The Cannon Group with ...more
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Ayelet Waldman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Age: 55

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

Nationality: United States of America, Israel

Works: Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, The big nap, Bye-Bye, Black Sheep, The cradle robbers, + more

Ayelet Waldman (Hebrew: איילת ולדמן‎, born December 11, 1964) is an Israeli-American novelist and essayist. She has written seven mystery novels in the series The Mommy-Track Mysteries and four ...more
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Daniel Barenboim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Age: 77

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, South America, Greater Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, + more

Nationality: Palestinian National Authority, Argentina, Spain, Israel

Works: Parallels and Paradoxes, Mi Vida En La Musica, Una Vida Para La Musica, A Life in Music, Die Musik, + more

Daniel Barenboim, KBE (German: [ˈbaːʁənbɔʏm]; Hebrew: דניאל בארנבוים‎; born 15 November 1942) is a pianist and conductor who is a citizen of Argentina, Israel, Palestine, and Spain. The current ...more

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Ralph Bakshi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Age: 81

Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Nationality: Israel

Works: Fritz the Cat, Heavy Traffic, Wizards, Coonskin, Hey Good Lookin', + more

Ralph Bakshi (born October 29, 1938) is an American director of animated and live-action films. In the 1970s, he established an alternative to mainstream animation through independent and ...more
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Martin Buber is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Dec. at 87 (1878-1965)

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Nationality: Austria, Israel

Works: The knowledge of man, Paths in Utopia, Hundert chassidische Geschichten, La Légende du Baal-Shem, Chinesische Geister- und Liebesgeschichten, + more

Martin Buber (Hebrew: מרטין בּוּבֶּר‎; German: Martin Buber; Yiddish: מארטין בובער‎‎; February 8, 1878 – June 13, 1965) was an Austrian philosopher best known for his philosophy of dialogue, a ...more
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Gene Simmons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Age: 70

Birthplace: Tirat Carmel, Israel

Nationality: United States of America, Israel

Works: Nothing' to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972-1975)

Gene Klein (born Chaim Witz on August 25, 1949), known professionally as Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, author, and ...more

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Amos Gitai is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Age: 69

Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Nationality: Israel

Works: Free Zone, Kedma, Alila, Kadosh, Kippur, + more

Amos Gitai (Hebrew: עמוס גיתאי‎; born 11 October 1950) is an Israeli filmmaker, who was trained as an architect. Gitai's work was presented in several major retrospectives in Pompidou Center ...more
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Assi Dayan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Dec. at 69 (1945-2014)

Birthplace: Nahalal, Israel

Nationality: Israel

Works: Halfon Hill Doesn't Answer, The Day We Met, Life According to Agfa, An Electric Blanket Named Moshe, Battle for the Chairmanship, + more

Asaf "Assi" Dayan (Hebrew: אסף "אסי" דיין‎; 23 November 1945 – 1 May 2014) was an Israeli film director, actor, screenwriter, and producer.
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Avi Arad is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Age: 71

Birthplace: Giv'atayim, Israel

Nationality: United States of America, Israel

Works: Robosapien: Rebooted

Avi Arad (; Hebrew: אבי ארד‎; April 18, 1948) is an Israeli-American businessman and film producer who became the CEO of the company Toy Biz in the 1990s and soon afterward became the chief ...more
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Ephraim Kishon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Dec. at 81 (1924-2005)

Birthplace: Eurasia, Hungary, Central Hungary, Budapest

Nationality: Hungary, Israel

Works: The Fox in the Chicken Coop, Sallah, Blaumilch Canal, The Policeman, Ideologie für den Hausgebrauch, + more

Ephraim Kishon (Hebrew: אֶפְרַיִם קִישׁוֹן, August 23, 1924 – January 29, 2005) was an Israeli author, dramatist, screenwriter, and Oscar-nominated film director. He was one of the most widely ...more
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Boaz Davidson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Age: 76

Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel

Nationality: Israel

Works: Hammerhead: Shark Frenzy, Ninja, Lemon Popsicle, Alex Is Lovesick

Boaz Davidson (Hebrew: בועז דוידזון, born 8 November 1943) is an Israeli film director, producer and screenwriter. He was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and studied film in London at London Film
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Yvan Attal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Age: 54

Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel

Nationality: France, Israel

Works: New York, I Love You, My Wife is an Actress, Happily Ever After, Do Not Disturb

Yvan Attal (Hebrew: איוואן אטל‎, born 4 January 1965) is an Israeli-French actor and director.
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Amos Oz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Age: 80

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

Nationality: Israel

Works: A Tale of Love and Darkness, How to Cure a Fanatic, A Perfect Peace, Under This Blazing Light, Panther in the Basement, + more

Amos Oz (Hebrew: עמוס עוז; born Amos Klausner; 4 May 1939 – 28 December 2018) was an Israeli writer, novelist, journalist, and intellectual. He was also a professor of Hebrew literature at ...more
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Rod Lurie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Age: 57

Birthplace: Israel

Nationality: United States of America, Israel

Works: The Contender, Straw Dogs, Nothing but the Truth, Once upon a time in Hollywood

Rod Lurie (born May 15, 1962) is an Israeli-American director, screenwriter and former film critic.
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Uri Orlev is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Age: 88

Birthplace: Warsaw, Europe, Poland, Masovian Voivodeship, Central Europe, + more

Nationality: Poland, Israel

Works: Run, Boy, Run, Lydia, Queen of Palestine, + more

Uri Orlev (Hebrew: אורי אורלב‎; born 24 February 1931) is a Polish-born Israeli children's author and translator. He received the international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1996 for his ...more
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David Stevens is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Age: 79

Birthplace: Tiberias, Israel

Nationality: Israel, Australia

Works: Breaker Morant, Merlin, Queen: The Story of an American Family, The Sum of Us, The Sum of Us, + more

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Hany Abu-Assad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Age: 58

Birthplace: Nazareth, Israel

Nationality: Netherlands, State of Palestine, Israel

Works: Paradise Now, Omar, Do Not Forget Me Istanbul, Ford Transit

Hany Abu-Assad (Arabic: هاني أبو أسعد‎; born 11 October 1961) is a Dutch-Palestinian film director. He has received two Academy Award nominations: in 2006 for his film Paradise Now, and again in ...more
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Gila Almagor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Age: 80

Birthplace: Eurasia, Central District, Israel, Petah Tikva

Nationality: Israel

Works: Aviya's Summer, Highway Queen, Under the Domim Tree, Aviya's Summer, Under the domim tree

Gila Almagor (Hebrew: גילה אלמגור; born Gila Alexandrowitz; July 22, 1939) is an Israeli actress, film star, and author. In Israel, she is known as "queen of the Israeli cinema and
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Daniel J. Elazar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Dec. at 65 (1934-1999)

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Nationality: United States of America, Israel

Works: Local government and politics in Israel, People and polity, The 1981 elections, Israel, A note on the structural dynamics of the American Jewish community, + more

Daniel Judah Elazar (August 25, 1934 – December 2, 1999) was a professor of political science at Bar-Ilan University (Israel) and Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the ...more
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Elia Suleiman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Age: 59

Birthplace: Nazareth, Israel

Nationality: Mandatory Palestine

Works: The Time That Remains, 7 Days in Havana, Divine Intervention, Chronicle of a Disappearance

Elia Suleiman (Arabic: إيليا سليمان‎, IPA: [ˈʔiːlja sʊleːˈmaːn]; born July 28, 1960) is a Palestinian film director and actor of Rûm Greek Orthodox origin. He is best known for the 2002 ...more
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Simcha Jacobovici is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Age: 66

Birthplace: Petah Tikva, Israel

Nationality: Canada, Israel

Works: The Exodus Decoded, Falasha: Exile of the Black Jews, The Lost Tomb of Jesus, Hollywoodism, Ebola: The Plague Fighters: Nova, + more

Simcha Jacobovici (; born April 4, 1953 in Petah Tikva, Israel) is an Israeli-Canadian film director, producer, freelance journalist, and writer.
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Abba Eban is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Dec. at 87 (1915-2002)

Birthplace: South Africa, Cape Town

Nationality: Israel, South Africa

Works: arab refugees, For peace and security, The new diplomacy, The meaning of Jewish history, The political legacy of Golda Meir, + more

Abba Eban ( (listen); Hebrew: אבא אבן [ˈʔaba ˈʔeven]; born Aubrey Solomon Meir Eban; later adopted Abba Solomon Meir Eban; 2 February 1915 – 17 November 2002) was an Israeli diplomat and ...more