Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke, Thursday evening, at a ceremony in which former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg received the Bereisheet (Genesis) Prize. Netanyahu said, "I think that in creating the Genesis Prize, there is a need to identify each year one outstanding individual, one individual who embodies in many ways Jewish traditions and Jewish values. The most important tradition that we have is that we cherish our heritage, but we are always seeking new things."
Netanyahu added,"There is a different way of thinking about things, about problems, about solutions, about challenges. I think that's what the State of Israel is about. We've achieved remarkable things in our 66 years and I think the world marvels at it. We achieved it because we're grounded in our traditions, and yet at the same time, we seek to seize the future: with technology, with science, with breakthrough innovation. And I can think of no one more worthy of this honor – which we present tonight for the very first time – than my friend Michael Bloomberg."