President Shimon Peres and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon awarded the
prestigious Israel Security Prize on Tuesday evening to several unnamed
individuals credited with leading breakthroughs on behalf of national
“We trust your ability to create the suitable warning and
deterrence for tomorrow’s security challenges,” Peres told those who won the
Ya’alon added, “We won’t enslave the future to the
We are committed to granting you all of the tools and resources
needed to continue this holy work that you are undertaking for the security of
this country. And I vow to you that this is what we will do.”
are given to Israelis recognized for improving the state’s security and
maintaining its power and qualitative advantage on the battlefield,
technologically and operationally.
Winners included a joint team from
Rafael Defense Systems, the Israel Air Force, Military Intelligence, and the
Defense Ministry’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and
Technological Infrastructure. The team is credited with developing a
cutting-edge system, the details of which have not been divulged.
second prize went to a team from the Prime Minister’s Office for the development
of technological and operational tools designed to enable its users to carry out
a complex mission.
Defense Ministry directorgeneral Maj.-Gen. (res.) Dan
Harel said that it was strange to be at a ceremony honoring people who have done
so much for national security without being able to mention the projects on
which they were working.
“You are hidden from the public eye, but the few
that know what you do fully appreciate the significance of your work,” Ya’alon
told the honorees.
Previous winners of the Israel Security Prize include
the developers of the Iron Dome anti-rocket system.
Greer Fay Cashman
contributed to this report.