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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
Natalie Portman age 36 Natalie Portman is an Israeli-born American actress, producer, and director. Her first role was in the 1994 action thriller Léon: The Professional, opposite Jean Reno, but mainstream ...more

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Mark Helprin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Mark Helprin age 71 Mark Helprin is an American novelist, journalist, conservative commentator, Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy, Fellow of the ...more

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David Grossman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
David Grossman age 63 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

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Menahem Golan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Menahem Golan Died at 85 (1929-2014) Menahem Golan was an Israeli director and producer. He produced movies for such stars as Sean Connery, Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Charles Bronson, and was known ...more

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Ayelet Waldman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Ayelet Waldman age 53 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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Daniel Barenboim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Daniel Barenboim age 75 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

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Ralph Bakshi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Ralph Bakshi age 79 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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Martin Buber is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Martin Buber Died at 87 (1878-1965) 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

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Gene Simmons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Gene Simmons age 68 Gene Simmons is an Israeli-born American rock bass guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, and television personality. Known by his stage persona The Demon, he is the ...more

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Amos Gitai is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Amos Gitai age 67 Amos Gitai, born 11 October 1950 in Haifa, Israel, is an Israeli auteur filmmaker. He is mainly known for making documentaries and feature films, surrounding the Middle East and Jewish-Arab ...more

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Assi Dayan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Assi Dayan Died at 69 (1945-2014) Asaf "Assi" Dayan 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
Avi Arad age 69 Avi Arad is a film and television producer.

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Ephraim Kishon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Ephraim Kishon Died at 81 (1924-2005) 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.

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Boaz Davidson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Boaz Davidson age 74 Boaz Davidson is an Israeli film director, producer and screenwriter. He was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and studied film in London. Davidson started his career by directing the television show ...more

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Yvan Attal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Yvan Attal age 52 Yvan Attal is an Israeli-born French actor and director.

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Amos Oz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Amos Oz age 78 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

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Rod Lurie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Rod Lurie age 55 Rod Lurie 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
Uri Orlev age 86 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

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David Stevens is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
David Stevens age 77 David Stevens is a film director and screenwriter.

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Hany Abu-Assad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Hany Abu-Assad age 56 Hany Abu-Assad is a Dutch-Palestinian film director. He has received two Academy Award nominations: in 2006 for his film Paradise Now, and again in 2013, at the 86th Awards for his film Omar.

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Gila Almagor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Gila Almagor age 78 Gila Almagor is an Israeli actress, film star, and author. In Israel she is known as "queen of the Israeli cinema and theatre".

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Daniel J. Elazar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Daniel J. Elazar Died at 65 (1934-1999) 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

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Elia Suleiman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Elia Suleiman age 57 Elia Suleiman, is a Palestinian film director and actor of Rûm Greek Orthodox origin. He is best known for the 2002 film Divine Intervention, a modern tragic comedy on living under ...more

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Simcha Jacobovici is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Simcha Jacobovici age 64 Simcha Jacobovici is a Canadian Israeli 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
Abba Eban Died at 87 (1915-2002) 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

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Shmuel Yosef Agnon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Shmuel Yosef Agnon Died at 82 (1888-1970) 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

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Shaike Ophir is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Shaike Ophir Died at 58 (1929-1987) Shaike Ophir was an Israeli film actor and comedian, and the country's first mime.

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Dan Gordon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Dan Gordon Dan Gordon is an Israeli-American film and television screenwriter. He also serves as a Captain in the Israel Defense Forces.

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Danny Lerner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Danny Lerner age 65 Danny Lerner is a screenwriter, television producer, film director and producer.

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Teddy Kollek is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Teddy Kollek Died at 96 (1911-2007) Theodor "Teddy" Kollek was an Israeli who served as the mayor of Jerusalem from 1965 to 1993, and founder of the Jerusalem Foundation. Kollek was re-elected five times, in 1969, 1973, ...more

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Joseph Cedar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Joseph Cedar age 49 Yossef Cedar is an Israeli film director and screenwriter. He has won a Silver Bear and an Ophir Award for Best Director, and an Ophir Award for writing a Best Screenplay. He also won the best ...more

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Paul Erdős is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Paul Erdős Died at 83 (1913-1996) 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

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Ari Folman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Ari Folman age 55 Ari Folman is an Israeli film director, screenwriter and film score composer. He is perhaps best known for directing the animated documentary film Waltz With Bashir as well as directing the ...more

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Etan Cohen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Etan Cohen age 43 Etan Cohen is an American film director and screenwriter.

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Aharon Appelfeld is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Aharon Appelfeld age 85 Aharon Appelfeld is an Israeli novelist.

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Mahmoud Darwish is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Mahmoud Darwish Died at 67 (1941-2008) 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

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Amos Kollek is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Amos Kollek age 70 Amos Kollek is an Israeli film director, writer and actor.

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Mohammad Bakri is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Mohammad Bakri age 64 Mohammad Bakri is an Israeli Arab actor and film director of Palestinian descent.

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Marcel Janco is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Marcel Janco Died at 89 (1895-1984) 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

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Otto Klemperer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Otto Klemperer Died at 88 (1885-1973) Otto Klemperer was a German conductor and composer. He is widely regarded as one of the leading conductors of the 20th century.

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Abraham Isaac Kook is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Abraham Isaac Kook Died at 70 (1865-1935) 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

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Jonathan Sagall is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Jonathan Sagall age 58 Jonathan Sagall Hebrew: יהונתן סגל‎; is an Israeli actor, film director, TV director and screenwriter.

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David Ben-Gurion is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
David Ben-Gurion Died at 87 (1886-1973) 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

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Saul Friedländer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Saul Friedländer age 85 Saul Friedländer is an award-winning Israeli historian and currently a professor of history at UCLA.

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Menachem Begin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Menachem Begin Died at 79 (1913-1992) 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

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Avi Mograbi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Avi Mograbi age 61 Avi Mograbi is an Israeli documentary filmmaker.

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Meir Shalev is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Meir Shalev age 69 Meir Shalev is an Israeli writer. Shalev's books have been translated into 26 languages.

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Michael Oren is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Michael Oren age 62 Michael B. Oren is an American-born Israeli historian, author, politician, and former ambassador to the United States. A noted scholar, Oren has written books, articles, and essays on Middle ...more

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Benjamin Netanyahu is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu age 68 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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Shaul Tchernichovsky is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Israel
Shaul Tchernichovsky Died at 68 (1875-1943) Saul Tchernichowsky is a poet.