Ishai Eizenberg from New Jersey and Alior Babian from Beit Shemesh were declared the joint winners of the 50th International Bible Contest on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu congratulated the winners, saying it a very suspenseful contest. "It makes me very happy to see young people from Israel and from the world that are so interested in our Book of Books," he said.
The International Bible Contest is an Independence Day tradition. Prime Minister Netanyahu's son, Avner, came in third in the 2010 contest.