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In 2005, the Israeli news website Ynet conducted a vote to determine whom the general public considers the 200 Greatest Israelis of all time.

The Greatest Israelis List

David Ben-Gurion, #2
Ilan Ramon, #5
Ariel Sharon, #8
Ezer Weizman, #9
Ninet Tayeb, #10
Shimon Peres, #11
Benjamin Netanyahu, #18
Shmuel Yosef Agnon, #19
Yeshayahu Leibowitz, #20
Ovadia Yosef, #23
Yitzhak Shamir, #29
Stef Wertheimer, #38
Amos Oz, #41


Due to the nature of the poll used to select and rank the Israelis, the results do not pretend to be an objective assessment. They are as follows:

  1. Yitzhak Rabin (1922-1995), Prime Minister and Chief of Staff of the Israel Defence Forces, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
  2. David Ben-Gurion (1886-1973), the first Prime Minister of State of Israel
  3. Ehud Manor (1941-2005), songwriter and translator
  4. Menachem Begin (1913-1992), Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize laureate
  5. Ilan Ramon (1954-2003), combat pilot in the Israeli Air Force and the first Israeli astronaut
  6. Naomi Shemer (1930-2004), songwriter and the "First Lady of Israeli Song"
  7. Rehavam Ze'evi (1926-2001), politician and historian
  8. Ariel Sharon (1928-), politician and Prime Minister
  9. Ezer Weizman (1924-2005), politician and President of Israel
  10. Ninet Tayeb (1983-), pop rock singer and actress
  11. Shimon Peres (1923-), President of Israel and Prime Minister, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
  12. Ron Arad (1958-), Israeli Air Force weapon systems officer
  13. Yonatan Netanyahu (1946-1976), member of the Israel Defense Forces elite Sayeret Matkal unit
  14. Ze'ev Revach (1940-), actor and comedian
  15. Meir Har-Zion (1934-), military commando fighter
  16. Eli Yatzpan (1960-), television host and Comedian
  17. Shlomo Artzi (1949-), singer-songwriter and a composer
  18. Benjamin Netanyahu (1949-), politician and Prime Minister
  19. Shmuel Yosef Agnon (1888-1970), Hebrew nobel prize laureate writer
  20. Yeshayahu Leibowitz (1903-1994), philosopher and scientist
  21. Ephraim Kishon (1924-2005), writer, satirist, dramatist, screenwriter, and film director
  22. Arik Einstein (1939-), singer and songwriter
  23. Ovadia Yosef (1920-), Haredi rabbi, Talmudic scholar, a recognized authority in Halakha
  24. Rafael Eitan (1929-2004), Chief of Staff of the Israel Defence Forces and politician
  25. Gal Fridman (1975-), windsurfer and first Israeli to win an Olympic gold medal
  26. Eli Cohen (1924-1965), spy
  27. Yehoram Gaon (1939-), singer and actor
  28. Ehud Banai (1953-), singer and songwriter
  29. Yitzhak Shamir (1915-), politician and Prime Minister
  30. Tal Friedman (1963-), actor and comedian
  31. Aaron Ciechanover (1947-) and Avram Hershko (1937-), biologists and Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureates
  32. Ofra Haza (1957-2000), singer, actress and international recording artist
  33. Shaike Ophir (1929-1987), film actor, mime and comedian
  34. Meir Ariel (1942-1999), singer-songwriter
  35. Miki Berkovich (1954-), basketball player
  36. Yair Lapid (1963-), journalist, author, and TV presenter
  37. Zvika Hadar (1966-), actor, comedian and television host
  38. Stef Wertheimer (1926-), entrepreneur and industrialist
  39. Aharon Barak (1936-), President of the Supreme Court of Israelmarker
  40. Eli Ohana (1964-), football player and manager
  41. Amos Oz (1939-), writer, novelist and journalist
  42. Meir Shalev (1948-), writer
  43. Nathan Alterman (1910-1970), poet, journalist, and translator
  44. Abie Nathan (1927-2008), humanist and peace activist
  45. Chaim Weizmann (1874-1952), chemist, Zionist leader, President of the World Zionist Organization and the first President of the State of Israel
  46. Keren Or Leybovitch (1973-), swimmer
  47. Dana International (1972-), transsexual singer, who won the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest
  48. Uri Zohar (1935-), film director and actor
  49. Shalom Hanoch (1946-), singer, lyricist and composer
  50. Ariel Ze'evi (1977-), judoka
  51. Yossi Banai (1932-2006), performer, singer and dramatist
  52. Abba Eban (1915-2002), diplomat and politician
  53. Shlomo Goren (1917-2004), Orthodox Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel
  54. Yisrael Meir Lau (1937-), Orthodox Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel
  55. Dudu Topaz (1946-), actor and television host
  56. Shari Arison (1957-), businesswoman
  57. Shulamit Aloni (1928-), politician and left-wing activist
  58. Aryeh Deri (1959-), leader of Israel's Shas Party
  59. Aviv Geffen (1973-), rock musician, singer, songwriter, producer, keyboardist and guitarist
  60. Zohar Argov (1955-1987), singer and a distinctive voice in the Mizrahi music scene
  61. Ehud Barak (1942-), Chief of Staff, politician and Prime Minister
  62. Hanoch Levin (1943-1999), dramatist
  63. Tal Brody (1943-), basketball player
  64. Geula Cohen (1925-), politician and journalist
  65. Yigal Allon (1918-1980), politician, acting Prime Minister and commander of the Palmach
  66. Moni Moshonov (1951-), actor and comedian
  67. Ralph Klein (1931-2008), basketball player and coach
  68. Oded Kattash (1974-), basketball player and coach
  69. Gil Shwed (1952-), programmer and entrepreneur
  70. Elazar Shach (1898-2001), the rosh yeshiva of the Ponevezh yeshiva and founded the Degel HaTorah political party
  71. Nahum Stelmach (1936-1999), football player and manager
  72. Yonatan Geffen (1947-), poet, playwright, writer, lyricist, journalist and translator
  73. Moshe Dayan (1915-1981), military leader and politician
  74. Aryeh Eliav (1921-), politician
  75. Golda Meir (1898-1978), politician and the Israel's first female Prime Minister
  76. Yaron London (1940-), journalist, lyricist and TV presenter
  77. A. B. Yehoshua (1936-), novelist, essayist and playwright
  78. Shoshana Damari (1923-2006), singer and actress
  79. Haim Yavin (1932-), television anchor
  80. Uri Malmilian (1957-), football player and manager
  81. Pnina Rosenblum (1954-), politician, model and businesswoman
  82. Yehuda Amichai (1924-2000), poet
  83. Tzvika Pick (1951-), composer and singer
  84. Abraham Even-Shoshan (1906-1981), Hebrew linguist and lexicographer
  85. Eli Hurvitz (1932-), industrialist
  86. Levi Eshkol (1895-1969), politician and Prime Minister
  87. Leah Goldberg (1911-1970), poet and writer
  88. Teddy Kollek (1911-2007), mayor of Jerusalem
  89. Linor Abargil (1980-), model and Miss World
  90. Chaim Topol (1935-), theatrical and film performers
  91. Matti Caspi (1949-), composer, musician, singer and lyricist
  92. Haim Revivo (1972-), football player and businessman
  93. Chava Alberstein (1947-), singer, lyricist, composer, musical arranger and actress
  94. Eyal Berkovic (1972-), football player
  95. Yehuda Poliker (1950-), singer-songwriter
  96. Netiva Ben-Yehuda (1928-), writer and lexicographer
  97. David Grossman (1954-), writer and essay
  98. Hanna Meron (1923-), actress
  99. Meir Shamgar (1925-), President of the Israeli Supreme Courtmarker
  100. Moti Kirschenbaum (1939-), journalist, announcer and TV presenter
  101. Daniel Kahneman (1934-), psychologist and Nobel laureate
  102. Gila Almagor (1939-), actress
  103. Yael Arad (1967-), judoka and the first Israeli to win an Olympic medal
  104. Natan Yonatan (1923-2004), poet
  105. Mordechai Spiegler (1944-), football player and manager
  106. Ilana Dayan (1964-), journalist, announcer and TV presenter
  107. David Elazar, (1925-1976), Chief of Staff of the Israel Defence Forces
  108. Yitzhak Navon (1921-), President of Israel, playwright and author
  109. Dvora Omer (1932), author
  110. Nahum Gutman (1898-1980), painter, sculptor and author
  111. Daniel Barenboim (1942-), pianist and conductor
  112. Moshe Ivgy (1953-), actor
  113. Rifaat Turk (1957-), football player and the first Arab to ever play for the Israel national football team
  114. Ze'ev (1923-2002), caricaturist
  115. Chaim Herzog (1918-1997), politician and President of Israel
  116. Chaim Chefer (1925-), lyricist
  117. Zubin Mehta (1936-), conductor of Western classical music
  118. Erez Tal (1961-), announcer and TV presenter
  119. Galila Ron-Feder Amit (1949-), author
  120. Ida Nodel (1931-), refusenik
  121. Yitzhak Sadeh, the commander of the Palmach and one of the founders of the Israel Defense Forces
  122. Mordechai Gur (1930-1995), Chief of Staff of the Israel Defence Forces
  123. Avihu Medina (1948-), singer-songwriter
  124. Zahi Armeli (1957-), football player
  125. Yaakov Peri (1944-), head of the General Security Service and businessman
  126. Martin Buber (1878-1965), philosopher, translator and educator
  127. Esther Roth Shahamorov (1952-), athlete
  128. Uri Avnery (1923-), journalist, left-wing peace activist and Knessetmarker member
  129. Assi Dayan (1945-), actor and film director
  130. Yitzhak Ben-Aharon (1906-2006), politician
  131. Sami Michael (1926-), author and the president of The Association for Civil Rights in Israel
  132. Asa Kasher (1940-), philosopher and linguist
  133. Yuval Ne'eman (1925-2006), soldier, physicist and politician
  134. Tanhum Cohen-Mintz (1939-), basketball player
  135. Itzhak Perlman (1945-), violinist, conductor, and pedagogue
  136. Sasha Argov (1914-2005), composer
  137. Ohad Naharin (1952-), dancer and choreographer
  138. Yona Wallach (1944-1985), poet
  139. Zalman Shazar (1889-1974), President of Israel and author
  140. Dan Ben-Amotz (1924-1989), writer, journalist, screenwriter and actor
  141. Dan Shilon (1940-), journalist, announcer and TV presenter
  142. Haim Bar-Lev (1924-1994), Chief of Staff of the Israel Defence Forces and politician
  143. Emile Habibi (1922-1996), writer and politician
  144. Oded Machnes (1956-), football player
  145. Miriam Yalan-Shteklis (1900-1984), writer and poet
  146. Ya'akov Hodorov (1927-2006), football goalkeeper
  147. Haim Gouri (1923-), poet, novelist, journalist and documentary filmmaker
  148. Efi Arazi (1937-), industrialist and businessman
  149. Azriel Carlebach (1909-1956), journalist and editorial writer
  150. Moshe Sharett (1894-1965), politician and Prime Minister of Israel
  151. Orna Porat (1924-), actress
  152. Leah Rabin (1928-2000), the wife of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
  153. Yafa Yarkoni (1925-), singer
  154. Dahlia Ravikovitch (1936-2005), poet and peace activist
  155. Miriam Ben-Porat (1918-), judge and state comptroller
  156. Rivka Michaeli (1938-), actress, announcer and TV presenter
  157. Aharon Appelfeld (1932-), novelist
  158. Alon Abutbul (1965-), actor, announcer and film producer
  159. Yair Rosenblum (1944-1996), composer
  160. Yigal Mossinsohn (1917-1994), writer and playwright
  161. Yigal Tumarkin (1933-), painter and sculptor
  162. Hanna Rovina (1892-1980), actress and the original "First Lady of Hebrew Theatre"
  163. Eli Amir (1937-), writer
  164. S. Yizhar (1916-2006), writer and politician
  165. Yigael Yadin (1917-1984), Chief of Staff of the Israel Defence Forces, politician and archeologist
  166. Yossi Vardi (1943-), tech entrepreneur and businessman
  167. Lea Gottlieb (1918-), fashion designer
  168. Sara Levi-Tanai (1911-2005), choreographer
  169. Pinchas Sapir (1906-1975), politician
  170. Yevgeny Aryeh (1947-), theatre director
  171. Alexander Penn (1906-1972), poet
  172. Giora Spiegel (1947-), football player and manager
  173. Yaakov Shabtai (1934-1981), novelist, playwright and translator
  174. Yemima Avidar Tshernovitz (1909-1998), writer
  175. Avraham Shlonsky (1900-1973), poet and editor
  176. Menashe Kadishman (1932-), sculptor and painter
  177. Aharon Katzir (1914-1972), pioneer
  178. Amos Mansdorf (1965-), tennis player
  179. Rina Mor (1956-), model and Miss Universe
  180. David Avidan (1934-1995), poet, painter, filmmaker, publicist and playwright
  181. Yitzhak Ben-Zvi (1884-1963), President of Israel and historian
  182. Pinchas Sadeh (1929-1994), writer, poet and translator
  183. Neomi Polani (1927-), singer, producer and theatre director
  184. Marcel Janco (1895-1984), painter and architect
  185. Yehoshua Sobol (1939-), playwright, writer and director
  186. Avigdor Steimatzky (1908-1989), painter
  187. Moshe Vilenski (1910-1997), composer
  188. Nathan Zach (1930-), poet
  189. Hanna Zemer (1925-2003), journalist
  190. Anna Ticho (1894-1980), painter
  191. Nisim Aloni (1926-1998), playwright and translator
  192. Ram Karmi (1931-), architect
  193. Yitzhak Danziger (1916-1977), sculptor
  194. Yehezkel Streichman (1906-1993), painter
  195. Yaacov Agam (1928-), sculptor
  196. Yosef Zaritsky (1891-1985), painter
  197. Siona Shimshi (1939-), painter and sculptor
  198. Rina Sheinfeld (1938-), dancer and choreographer
  199. Noah Mozes (1912-1985), the first editor of Yedioth Ahronoth
  200. Baruch Agadati (1895-1976), painter, dancer and film director


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