The Begin Prize for the year 5770-2010 was handed out on Tuesday in a special ceremony in Jerusalem. The ceremony was attended by IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and other public figures.
The prize is presented annually by the Begin Center to a person or organized body who has accomplished an extraordinary act or acts for the benefit of the State of Israel and/or the Jewish People.
This year’s recipients of the Begin Prize were Shayetet 13, the IDF's naval commando unit which engages in action behind enemy lines such as damage to vessels at enemy ports and gathering intelligence information about the enemy's operational moves.
Also honored at the ceremony was Miriam Peretz, the mother of two of the IDF’s fallen soldiers, Uriel Peretz and Eliraz Peretz, who has dedicated herself to educating the younger generation about the importance of serving in the IDF and is an exemplary symbol of national strength and patriotism.
Finally, Jewish American lawyer, jurist, and political commentator Professor Alan Dershowitz was also honored for his many years of pro-Israel work through television appearances, writing articles, meeting with senior government officials, and lecturing around the world. Dershowitz’s work is aimed at repelling a wave of de legitimacy directed against Israel.
Dershowitz was unable to attend the event and will receive his certificate of appreciation at a later time.
Video produced by the Begin Center in honor of Dershowitz:
Video message from Dershowitz to the crowd at the event in Jerusalem: