Greatest Israelis of All Time

The Top Ten
1 David Ben-Gurion

The father and architect of the modern State of Israel. Through his leadership as Prime Minister he laid the foundations for Israel to become the thriving nation of equality and science and technology it is today. He was a man of high intellect, education and values. He knew how to make his country an amazing nation while keeping the Arabs in their place. He was a very wise man. Without him there wouldn't have been an Israel. He will forever be at the core of every Israeli who loves their country.

He had a great soul

2 Yitzhak Rabin

He chased peace and got within an inch of grabbing it. He was a strong Prime Minister who loved his country Israel, but was determined to make the world a better place for everybody. May he rest in peace. A fair man. Zichrono livracha.

The only prime minister who actually tried to make PEACE, who knows what would have happened if he was still alive.

Prime Minister and Chief of Staff of the Israel Defence Forces, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

3 Golda Meir

She single handedly raised most of the money that enable Israel to finance the 1948 War of Independence and was a brilliant Prime Minister on the international stage.

4 Shimon Peres

A great political leader, ignoring the war crimes and frankly illeagal invasions of palestine, the Lebanon, Syria. The list goes on. He pushed for a isreali nuclear arsenal which should help in the next of isreals great wars.

President of Israel and Prime Minister, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

5 Gal Gadot Gal Gadot Varsano (born 30 April 1985) is an Israeli actress and model. At age 18, she was crowned Miss Israel 2004. Gadot's first international film role came as Gisele Yashar in Fast & Furious (2009), a role she reprised in subsequent installments of the film franchise.
6 Menachem Begin

One of the most responsible leaders the world has ever known. Loved his people and even stepped down voluntarily at the end of his career when he knew he could no longer lead effectively. A real man.

A great man and leader.

I love Begin. Wise man.

7 Ariel Sharon

Sharon knew how to stand alone... it's easy to take a right path when the crowd is with you... but it takes real commitment and character to stand alone when the crowd is against you. As a soldier he warned the Israeli government to mobilize... they didn't but he still led the army to victory in the south with the Suez crossing. From the opposition party, he warned the Israeli people about Arafat... as Prime Minister, he took bold action that lead to the demise of Arafat.

If it weren't for a soldier of Sharon's caliber, Israel may not even exist today. Sharon fought in every one of Israel's wars, always and only with determination, leadership, courage, and the unwavering support for the troops he commanded. Not only that, through all that he witnessed in the horrors of war, he remained a loving husband and father. I admire the man's sense of loyalty & commitment

Outstanding man, an officer and a politician. Highly principled person, which is extremely rare in our society.

8 Moshe Dayan
9 Ehud Manor
10 Natalie Portman Natalie Portman is an actress, film producer and film director with dual American and Israeli citizenship. Portman is best known for her roles as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and Nina Sayers in Black Swan. She won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, more.
The Contenders
11 Ilan Ramon
12 Yonatan Netanyahu

Epitomized the heart and soul of Israel. Operation Thunderbolt shocked the entire world. Yoni deserves to be near the top of any greatest Israeli list. He earned it for sure.

13 Arik Einstein
14 Eli Cohen

For his nation he gave his life.

The best spy ever

15 Rehavam Ze'evi
16 Benjamin Netanyahu Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu is an Israeli politician serving as the 9th and current Prime Minister of Israel since 2009, previously holding the position from 1996 to 1999.

I wish he could be and in fact, was the President of the United States. His devotion to Israel is unmatched. What a fantastic leader!

An evil leader who doesn't care about peace or civilian lives.

Great leader Israel needs the man.

17 Dana International
18 Naomi Shemer
19 Ezer Weizman
20 Yisrael Meir Lau

One the best loving Rabbis in the world. (Rabbi means doctor in Latin and master in English). Rabbi Lau is my master. His kindly outlook on the world and its people, his great intellect in Torah and world knowledge and his longing for a world filled with the Peace from Above - a peace made in serenity -, makes me an admirer.

21 Levi Eshkol
22 Yigal Allon
23 Isser Harel
24 Bar Refaeli Bar Refaeli is an Israeli model, television host, and entrepreneur. She is considered among the most internationally successful models to come from Israel, appearing on the cover of the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and being voted No. 1 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 list of 2012.

Best Israeli model, very famous all over the world.

25 Israel Schneiderman
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