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
The prize was awarded by Federal Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on October 10, 2017 in the Jewish Museum Berlin.