Caroline Glick at the Jerusalem Post's Diplomatic Conference.
(photo credit: SIVAN FARAG)
The 2016 Moskowitz Prize for Zionism will be awarded to three recipients this year – Jerusalem Post Senior Contributing Editor Caroline Glick, Rabbi Binyamin (Benny) Elon, and former MK Yehuda Harel, it was announced on Wednesday.
The recipients will be awarded the Lion of Zion award, presented to Israeli citizens who have addressed challenges facing modern Zionism in spheres such as education, research, settlement, culture and security.
The annual prize, totaling $100,000, was established by Dr. Irving and Cherna Moskowitz as an “expression of support for people who put Zionism into action.” Moskowitz is a US physician, businessman and philanthropist.
The prize will be awarded on June 6 in a ceremony at Emek Tzurim National Park in Jerusalem.
Glick made aliya from the US in 1991 after receiving her BA in political science from Columbia University, where she was active in leading Zionist students on campus.
Following her aliya she volunteered for the IDF, serving as an officer for five-and-ahalf years, after which she served as assistant foreign policy adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In 2000 Glick began writing for the Hebrew newspaper Makor Rishon as a chief diplomatic commentator, and in 2002 she joined the Post as the deputy managing editor.
During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Glick covered the US-led war in Iraq as an embedded journalist with the US Army’s 3rd Infantry Division. Reporting for the Post, Ma’ariv, and other US and Israeli news outlets, she was one of the only female journalists on the front lines with the US forces and the first Israeli journalist to report from liberated Baghdad.
In 2014, Glick published The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East, which exposes the flaws of the two-state solution.
Elon, who served as former tourism minister, was awarded the prize for his contributions to the nationalist camp in Israel over the past several decades. He renewed and strengthened Jewish settlement in east Jerusalem and in the area surrounding Rachel’s Tomb, united the nationalist camp into a political force, and established the Beit Orot Yeshiva on Mount Scopus and served as its dean.
Elon also founded the Israel Allies Foundation, which brings together parliamentarians and leaders from countries all over the world in support of Israel.
Harel was active in the development of settlements on the Golan as well as in public and political discourses surrounding the relinquishment of the Golan.
Harel was among the founders of the Third Way and proposed legislation which requires a referendum on any land concessions on the Golan and in Jerusalem.
After serving in the Knesset, Harel engaged in strategic planning for the communities on the Golan at the Golan Research Institute.