2. Movie, set in (non-Israeli): I don’t like Exodus, so can I cite the Mel Gibson movie? Are we totally sure that it is indeed set in Israel? What else am I missing? “Painting, set in” would be a fun category, but too hard to choose.
3. Actress: Natalie Portman is excellent in Closer.
4. Classical musician: Daniel Barenboim, Yefim Bronfman, Ivry Gitlis, and Eliahu Inbal would be at the top of a pretty long list. Perlman has a style too aggressive for my taste, at least as it comes across on disc.
5. Fiction author: I very much admire and enjoy David Grossman’s To The End of the Land.
6. Philosopher: Joseph Raz, especially his The Morality of Freedom.
8. Co-author: Amihai Glazer, from UC Irvine.
9. Other economists: Donald Patinkin, Ariel Rubinstein, Ehud Kalai, Jacob Frenkel, Dan Ariely, Robert Aumann, Sergiu Hart, Elhanan Helpman, Reuven Brenner, Zvi Hercowitz, Oded Galor, Michael Bruno, and Stanley Fischer would be a few others. Overall the country is strong in game theory and monetary economics, as well as economics more generally.
I strike a zero when it comes to popular music. I don’t like Kiss/Gene Simmons, and Israeli popular music I don’t know well but from a distance I do not expect to like it much. The visual arts are also not obviously strong, though perhaps you can enlighten me in the comments.