To the glory of the State of Israel

Israel Prize Ceremony for the year 2018

On Israel’s 70th Independence Day, 19.4.2018, Thursday, 19:30, at the International Convention Center Binyanei Ha’uma in Jerusalem, the Israel Prize ceremony was held for the year 5769. The ceremony was attended by President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Naftali Bennett.

This year, Prof. Elisha Kimron won the Prof. Elisha Kimron Prize in the field of Jewish Studies, Prof. Shlomo Havlin in the field of physics research, Prof. Yitzhak Schlesinger in the field of psychology research, Prof. Edwin Seroussi in the field of musicology, Prof. David Grossman in the field of literature, Ron Ben-Yishai in the field of communications, Gil Shwed in the field of technology and applied innovation, Yehudit and Yehuda Bronicki in the field of industry, Miriam Peretz in the field of Jewish-Israeli spirit and its strengthening, The postcards, Yehuda Harel in the field of agriculture and settlement, Prof. Nava Ben-Zvi in ​​the field of education, society and the community.


Minister of Education Naftali Bennett spoke in his speech about the important diversity of the winners. “Look at the difference between the winners and the beauty of the difference, we are a people of ideas and we are a people of arguments, and it is the arguments that create the ideas.”

“One of the fundamentals of the Start Up Nation is the healthy friction between people from different backgrounds, with different opinions, and every day in thousands of start-ups in high-tech towers, they argue with each other about the problems that seem at first solvable, And the research rooms at Israeli universities are arguing loudly, and in the middle of the argument suddenly comes the spark of breakthrough: This is the ethos of Israeli innovation born of the tradition of Jewish philipelography, the start-up nation depends on our continuing to argue but unity within us is the condition that will continue to exist.


He noted that the unity of Israel’s citizens is critical. “Unity does not mean the elimination of the differences between us, but on the contrary, unity means that we celebrate the differences and grow in their right, and we do not want to create a new, unified and discriminatory Hebrew identity.

“As you know, this year we have lost a trend in which the Israel Prize laureates will reflect more layers and other sectors of Israeli society, and we still have a way to go forward.” The award is part of a comprehensive move to express all elements of Israeli society in the education system, But with pride and gratitude, “said the Minister of Education.

“We face a great challenge: how can we live together, people with such different and conflicting views, and yet to fulfill our destiny in light of the differences?” The answer is that we are members of one family.


“I am not only the Minister of Education, I am also a political leader of one of the parties to the dispute … I believe that I am right, I am convinced that my way is the right way, but if there was a button that would have made all Israelis the same opinion as me, It’s clear that I want to convince the dispute, but I do not want to ignore the dispute, “Bennett said.

“There are a number of ideological forces that clash with each other in our people, there is one stream that emphasizes nationalism, there are those who emphasize religiousness, and there are people who place universality and human rights in the center.

Even in the darkest moments that our people experienced, during the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, at the height of the battle against the Nazis, the Jews in the ghetto did not fight as one body, but split into two divided forces that did not cooperate. “Our enemies, who know our strength, know that when we are united, no one will be able to us, they are waiting for the moment when the rifts will deprive us from within.

“We will not get another chance for the state, the artificial Shabbat is sometimes perceived as a kind of decree of fate, but it is not, the decision is in our hands, and it is essentially a task for our young generation. The anxieties from each other, we will talk, and we will not shout, we will deal with the argument, not with the argumentator, we will listen to the truth. “

Bennett noted that “it is important to say precisely on this day: Liamin does not have a monopoly on patriotism just as the left has no monopoly on human rights, not only does the Yemen love the Land of Israel, and not only the Left aspires to peace. An argument between brothers must not become a hatred of brothers.”


The Israel Prize is a prize awarded by the Ministry of Education and is defined as a valuable national award that aims to achieve significant achievements in the fields of Jewish Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Exact Sciences, Culture and Art, and a life work that has made a special contribution to society and the State of Israel.

Each year, the judges’ committees submit to the Minister of Education their recommendation for awarding the prize in a variety of fields in the field of activity and creativity in Israel.

The winners are Israeli citizens – individuals, or achievement partners who have demonstrated special excellence, excellence and breakthroughs in their fields or have made a special contribution to Israeli society.

The award ceremony was held each year, on the eve of Independence Day in Jerusalem, in an official and state ceremony, and in the status of the President, the Prime Minister, the Speaker of the Knesset, the President of the Supreme Court, the Mayor of Jerusalem and the Minister of Education.


The Israel Prizes will be awarded to the winners in the following fields:

Recipient of the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Technology and Applied Innovation: Mr. Gil Schweid. “Gil Shwed, founder and CEO of Check Point, is considered a groundbreaking and inspirational example of the ability to grow innovative technologies and a successful and prosperous multinational company operating to date from the State of Israel. Shwed’s contribution to the State of Israel has been significant in the development of the hi-tech industry for nearly 25 years, the world’s leading hi-tech industries in the fields of information security and cyberspace, creating thousands of jobs and representing Israel’s excellence and human capital worldwide.
Gil Schweid engages in significant and extensive public activity in helping to promote leadership and excellence among talented youth, with an emphasis on the social periphery and contribution to nurturing the future generation in Israel. Gil Schweid’s influence on Israeli society and global technology is tremendous. He has become a worthy figure in Israel and around the world. “

“David Levy’s personal story is the story of a boy who immigrated to Israel from Rabat, Morocco, to the transit camp and the development municipality, and from that point of view he jumped to The core of public and social activity, and the generators of the melting pot of Israeli society. David Levy is a social fighter for the weaker sectors of the population, a workers’ leader and a representative of the development towns and the periphery. He is the initiator and leader of social and political programs, active in struggles for the weaker sectors of society and a political leader. All this is done with absolute and rare mobilization for the service of the people and the state. His unique character, his adherence to his principles and his social symbol are a source of inspiration for the public and a source of appreciation. His vision was courageous, and his struggles and actions left a clear mark on Israeli society. “

Recipient of the Israel Prize for Life and Social Work: Mrs. Miriam Peretz. On its grounds, the Committee noted: “The Israel Prize for Life Achievement for the year 2011 is awarded to Ms. Miriam Peretz, an Israeli education woman who lost two of her sons. One of the best fighters who fell in the battles of Israel. Since then, Miriam Peretz has devoted her life to educating and imparting the Jewish and Zionist heritage while conducting lectures to youth and soldiers, and even to communities around the world, in order to lighten our ways and strengthen our hands. Miriam is a symbol of the spirit of the Jewish and Israeli spirit and is a symbol and symbol of giving and helping others, society and the community.

Recipient of the Israel Prize for Life Achievement in the field of Aliyah and Ingathering of the Exiles: Mr. Natan Sharansky. In her arguments, the prize committee stated that: “Mr. Sharansky’s life project is actually a practical implementation of the dream of working for immigration and absorption, first as an activist abroad, through his being a Prisoner of Zion until his arrival in Israel, Israel. Mr. Sharansky’s activity is an activity for the Jewish people and the State of Israel and constitutes an absolute mobilization that has even led to a violation of his freedom. The story of his life is a sign and a symbol of the struggle for the right of the Jews to immigrate to the Land of Israel, to settle there and to be absorbed in it with dignity. “

Recipient of the Israel Prize and the Israel Prize laureate for life in the industrial field: Mrs. Yehudit and Mr. Yehuda Bronicki. In her arguments, the prize committee stated: “Yehuda Bronicki, a visionary, inventor, born in Poland who survived the Holocaust and together with his wife, Dita Bronicki, one of the first women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs in Israel, pioneered the Ormat Group and made it a world leader in geothermal energy The company’s ability to combine vision and ability to implement and execute in a complex and changing reality is a sign of groundbreaking work in the local and global industry and a significant contribution to education. The technology Gender equality, women’s advancement and innovation. “

Recipient of the Israel Prize in Literature and Hebrew Poetry: author David Grossman. “Since the beginning of the 1980s, David Grossman has taken his place in the center of Israeli culture and is one of the deepest, most moving and influential voices in our literature. With his rich imagination, profound wisdom, human sensitivity, a poignant moral position and a unique and resonant language, his translations of dozens of languages ​​have made him one of Israel’s best-known, most admired and beloved writers. “He said.

Recipient of the Israel Prize in Communications: Mr. Ron Ben Yishai. In its arguments, the prize committee stated that: “The Israel Prize in the field of communications for the year 2011 is awarded to journalist Ron Ben Yishai for thorough and reliable security, military and international coverage, while displaying courage for decades. His reports faithfully reflected the events of the battles, with an emphasis on the moral aspect. During the First Lebanon War he was one of the first to report to the top echelons of the state about the massacres carried out by the Christian Phalangists in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. After the Yom Kippur War, he was awarded the Chief of Staff’s Citation for treating the wounded under enemy fire. “

Israel Prize laureate in the field of psychology research: Prof. Yitzhak Schlesinger. Prof. Yitzhak Schlesinger, of the Department of Psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, one of the most important scientists in the field of psycholinguistics, has contributed to the study of linguistic processes in the development of language in children and has pioneered the documentation and conceptualization of deaf language in Israel, In connection with general issues with linguistic expression, is a unique contribution, and its innovations are deeply entwined in Hebrew culture and language. “

Recipient of the Israel Prize in Jewish Studies: Prof. Elisha Kimron. According to the award committee, Prof. Elisha Kimron is one of the leading speakers of the Dead Sea Scrolls. His works are groundbreaking both in the Hebrew grammar of the scrolls and in the publication of the three volumes dealing with the scrolls. His publications serve all scholars of the Second Temple period in the fields of language, biblical interpretation, and ancient halakha. His election to receive the Israel Prize this year is particularly valid against the background of the merger between 70 years of Israel’s independence and 70 years since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Recipient of the Israel Prize in the field of culture, art and musicology: Prof. Edwin Seroussi. “The Israel Prize in the field of Culture, Art and Musicology is awarded to Professor Edwin Seroussi for his contribution and achievements in the study of Jewish music in the region of Andalusia (Spain and North Africa) and the Ottoman Empire. Prof. Seroussi is a pioneer in popular music research and oriental music (called the Mediterranean). The fruits of his research in the field of musical heritage and the piyyut traditions of Sephardic Jewry have provided a framework for study and performance, and thus Prof. Seroussi has contributed to imparting them to many. “

Recipient of the Israel Prize in the field of Mathematics and Computer Science Research: Professor Alex Lubotzky. The prize committee noted: “Professor Alex Lubotzky is one of the most important researchers in the world of group theory, and his research is spread over all parts of this theory: finite, infinite groups, topological groups, algebraic, arithmetic, etc. Lubotzky solved a large number of important open problems and his various works Have opened new research tracks that attracted many researchers, and his work has influenced many fields in mathematics and computer science, especially in the field of expansion graphs and their applications. “

Recipient of the Israel Prize for Life Achievement in Education: Professor Nava Ben-Zvi. The Committee noted that: “Prof. Nava Ben-Zvi was a full professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was the Chairman of the Center for Science Studies. In the 1970s she was part of a team that established the Open University for the purpose of making education accessible to the general population. Prof. Ben-Zvi is a pioneer in the field of accessibility of materials to the Internet, with the understanding that children learn and internalize through learning experiences. Prof. Ben-Zvi also worked to strengthen curricula in the field of mathematics and in general, and served as chair of the Israel Center for Excellence in Education, which provided excellent students from all sectors of the population in Israel, promoting women’s leadership in the field of health and leading the income of ethnic, In Israel, she worked to integrate ultra-Orthodox in higher education institutions and was invited to serve as a member of the United Nations International Initiative called ACADEMIC IMPACT, which aims to actively support human rights, literacy, sustainability and conflict resolution.

Recipient of the Israel Prize in Agriculture and Settlement: Mr. Yehuda Harel. In her arguments, the prize committee stated that: “Yehuda Harel is the father of the Israeli settlement in the Golan, one of the most magnificent Zionist settlement enterprises, and immigrated to the Golan Heights immediately after the Six-Day War and was one of the founders of Kibbutz Merom Hagolan and an active participant in the establishment of many of the Golan settlements. The Golan Heights from the Basalt field and a battle for a vibrant area, a place of Zionist agricultural activity in the full sense of the word. “

Recipient of the Israel Prize in Physics and Chemistry: Professor Shlomo Havlin. Prof. Havlin is a pioneer of a number of fields in statistical physics and its implications for complex systems in different areas, and Prof. Havlin deals with the generalization of knowledge in the physical fields, such as social networks, technological networks, economic networks, political systems , Physiological systems and DNA function, and is the most widely quoted scientist in the world, devoting his time and energy to the teaching of contemporary science to youth and contributes greatly to the creation of scientific ties between the Earth and the world. “

Recipient of the Israel Prize in Economics and Statistical Research: Professor Sergio Hart. “Prof. Sergio Hart of the Department of Economics and the Mathematics Department at the Hebrew University is one of the leading economists in Israel and abroad, and has served as President of the World Association of Game Theory and is a member of the Israeli and European Academy of Sciences. The games play an important role in the economic sphere, including the importance of understanding the convergence to equilibrium in the market, the value of a player in the game, how cartels are created in the markets and the development of objective risk indices. Hurt set up Hammer As the head of the Center for the Study of Rationality at the Hebrew University in 1991. Under his leadership, the Center became unique and leading in the study of game theory with its implications in a wide range of fields such as economics, statistics, psychology, law, biology, philosophy, etc.


The ceremony was attended by: President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Speaker of the Knesset, MK Yuli (Yoel) Edelstein, President of the Supreme Court, Justice Esther Hayut, Minister of Education, Mr. Naftali Bennett , Mayor of Jerusalem, Mr. Nir Barkat and Director General of the Ministry of Education, Mr. Shmuel Abuav.


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