Mosokowitz Prize ceremony 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
During an award ceremony for the Moskowitz Prize for Zionism, Deputy Defense
Minister Danny Danon drew rousing applause by pronouncing that Israel will not
institute a construction freeze, haredim will be drafted into the IDF and
thousands of soldiers will be stationed on Mount Scopus.
now in its sixth year, was held Thursday night in the Tzurim Valley, at the foot
of Mount Scopus, before an audience of hundreds, including Tourism Minister Uzi
Landau and Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel.
“There will be no
building freeze,” said Danon from a lectern atop a dais, his image illuminated
on a large screen. “We have proven in the past that stopping building does not
result in peace and we will continue to build.”
Danon went on to say that
he plans on moving thousands of soldiers from around the country to be stationed
on Mount Scopus, and that he will ensure that ultra-Orthodox Jews serve in the
“We will move thousands of soldiers to Mount Scopus and they will
live beside hundreds of Jewish families that are making sure to preserve the
Jewish presence here,” he said.
“We will take steps to ensure that haredi
citizens serve in the IDF to share the burden,” he continued, to loud applause.
“There will be protests, but this is what we must be done for
This year’s recipients included Rabbi Moshe Levinger, Yigal
Cohen-Orgad, Amotz Eyal and Michal Barkai, who will divide the $100,000 prize.
At the ceremony, Cherna Moskowitz explained why she and her husband, Irving,
created the award.
“This award was established to honor those who put
Zionism into action in today’s Israeli society, at times risking their own
personal security, placing the collective before personal needs and doing what
it takes to ensure a strong, secure Jewish homeland,” said Moskowitz.
added that none of the recipients saw themselves as heroes but as people “who
simply fulfill their duty, as an Israeli, to make Israel a better place, a
safer, more just place, and at the end of the day – a more Zionist home.”