The ISRAEL PRIZE (Hebrew : פרס ישראל) is an award handed
out by the State of
* 1 Awarding the prize * 2 Recipients * 3 Controversy * 4 Venue * 5 In popular culture * 6 References * 7 External links
AWARDING THE PRIZE
The prize is awarded in the following four areas, with the precise subfields changing from year to year in a cycle of 4 to 7 years, except for the last area, which is awarded annually:
* the humanities, social sciences, and
The recipients of the prize are Israeli citizens or organizations who have displayed excellence in their field(s), or have contributed strongly to Israeli culture . The winners are selected by committees of judges, who pass on their recommendations to the Minister of Education. Prize winners are elected by ad-hoc committees, appointed by the minister of education for each category each year. Decisions of the committee must be unanimous. The prize money was NIS 75,000 as of 2008.
Main article: List of
As of 2009, the prize has been awarded 633 times. Prominent winners
include individuals such as
Shmuel Yosef Agnon ,
Martin Buber , Abba
A. B. Yehoshua ,
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The decision to award the prize to specific individuals has sometimes led to impassioned political debate. In 1993, the strong reaction of then Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin against the nomination of Yeshayahu Leibowitz led Leibowitz to decline the prize. In 2004, Education and Culture Minister Limor Livnat , twice sent the decision to award the prize to sculptor Yigal Tumarkin back to the prize committee. Cases in which the decision was brought before the Supreme Court of Israel included the prizes given to publicist Shmuel Shnitzer , politician Shulamit Aloni , professor Zeev Sternhell and Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball club chairman Shimon Mizrahi .
On occasion, the committee has been criticized for failing to award the prize to a specific individual. For example, many have expressed criticism (or regret) that the poet Natan Yonatan never received the prize.
In other cases, the recipients were reluctant to retrieve the prize. These include Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and performer Uri Zohar . In 2003, artist Moshe Gershoni informed the press that he will not shake the hands of the prime minister and education minister, and in return his prize was annulled.
Another criticism of the prize is that the large majority of winners
have been male,
In February 2015, Prime Minister
Benyamin Netanyahu vetoed the
appointment of two members of the selection panel for the