Journalist Ya'akov Achimeir related to those who work against Israel from within the state during his speech, Thursday night, on behalf of fellow winners of the Israel Prize. He said the struggle is not over, not only on the battlefield but on the Jewish state's right to exist. He noted that there are those who say the world would be a better place if Israel's Jews were scattered all over the world, a claim not made about Iranians or North Koreans, only about Israel.
Referring to the struggle over the legitimacy of the state's existence, Achimeir said, "The simple factual truth must be told, that anyone who remembers or lives here and knows or remembers: This struggle did not start after July 1967, but after the Six Day War it only got worse and more intense. But this reality doesn't have to bring us to sit with arms folded. We have to work on correcting ourselves, at home, internally. First, we have to be all right with ourselves."