Israel Prizes for the year 2013 were awarded in an official ceremony held in Jerusalem on Tuesday, as the country marked its 65th Independence Day.
The ceremony took place in the presence of President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker MK Yuli Edelstein, Supreme Court President Justice Asher Grunis, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Education Minister Shai Piron.
As he addressed the audience, Piron called on the government to allocate the appropriate resources in order to develop and maintain Israel’s human capital.
"Society is measured by the importance of its intellectuals and leaders,” Piron said, “We should do everything we can to make sure that the names of Nobel laureates, Israel Prize laureates, philosophers, intellectuals, writers and leaders of change will dwell on the lips of young people in Israel.”
Nine Israel Prizes were awarded in eight different categories.