For decades, the former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres (1923-2016) was engaged in strengthening German-Israeli relations. In 2010, he emphasized the unique friendship between Germany and Israel before the German Bundestag. As announced by President Steinmeier in his speech in Jerusalem in May 2017, the German Foreign Ministry will award a prize of 10,000 Euro in cooperation with the German-Israeli Future Forum Foundation. This annual award given in memory of Shimon Peres and out of a sense of responsibility for the special friendship between our countries will be bestowed upon German and Israeli professionals and executives who have made an outstanding contribution to the shaping of German-Israeli relations.

Shimon-Peres-Prize 2017
By awarding the Shimon-Peres-Prize, the Federal Foreign Office and the Future Forum honor those who, with their work in the German-Israeli context, have made special contributions to the relations between the two countries. We are looking for individuals and organizations, which – with an eye to the future – have worked on common challenges and achieved concrete results. This may include scientific cooperation ventures, as well as artistic collaborations or German-Israeli exchange projects.

The prize carries a value of twice 10.000 Euros, which are awarded to one German and one Israeli prize winner respectively.

The prize will be awarded for the first time on October 10, 2017, in Berlin.

The call for applications for this year’s award has been closed. The jury will meet in mid-September. Applicants will be notified subsequently whether they will be invited to the award ceremony.