Highlighting the “Beautiful Face of Israel”

Government honors a number of Israelis and non-Israelis for being a “Light to the Nations”

By Yossi Aloni |
Lior Raz from the Israeli hit series "Fauda" seen with other Israeli artists and actors helping prepare food packages for those in need. Photo: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a new prize called “Israel – a Light to the Nations.” The award will be presented to Israeli citizens and non-Israelis who represent “the “beautiful face of Israel” to the world in a variety of fields.

The award will be presented by Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and his deputy Idan Roll. Among the award winners are:

  • Actress Shira Haas;
  • Lior Raz and Avi Yeshifkaroff, creators of the TV series Fauda, which has enjoyed great success around the world;
  • Singer Netta Barzilai, who won the Eurovision song contest in 2018;
  • Restaurateur Assaf Granit, who has opened a number of restaurants overseas and received a Michelin star in Paris, spreading the flavors of Israeli food worldwide;
  • Basketball player Danny Avadiah;
  • American basketball player Scottie Wilbekin, who plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv and during Operation Guardian of the Walls expressed support for Israel by hanging an Israeli flag from his balcony and uploaded videos of rocket hitting the city;
  • Media activist Noa Tishbi;
  • Christian Arab-Israeli activist Yoseph Haddad for his ongoing work in support of Israel; See Israel Today’s interview with Haddad: Arabs Fighting for Israel
  • Dr. Dorit Nitzan Kalosky, Israel’s senior official in the World Health Organization.

Some of the award winners will not attend the Hanukah award ceremony and will send a recorded video. The Foreign Ministry promises a gala red-carpet event to honor the winners.

Deputy Foreign Minister Idan Roll, who initiated the new prize, said: “The image of Israel in the world is something created by people rather than by a government office and mostly by Israelis and anyone who is part of the Israeli story and shares it around the world. This year’s winners were involved in presenting Israel to the world routinely as well as during emergencies like the Operation Guardian of the Walls when the country needed this help to spread its true story and the beautiful face of Israel to the world.”

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