The prize was first awarded in 1958 and it is awarded each year by the President of Israel in proximity to the Israeli Day of Independence. It is usually given for exceptional technological breakthroughs, alongside an annual award for lifetime achievements. Until 2003 there have been 730 recipients.
Recipients of the Israel Defense Prize usually remain in confidentiality for various periods of time. Some of the past recipients include Israel Tal, Moshe Arens, Uzi Gal and various teams of the Intelligence corps, the Mossad, the General Security Service and weapon industries.
Anonymous heroes come out of the shadows. 24 individuals behind technological developments crucial to country's security receive Israel Defense Prize in Jerusalem
Sep 04, 2012; GREER FAY CASHMAN Jerusalem Post 09-04-2012 Anonymous heroes come out of the shadows. 24 individuals behind technological...
Iron Dome Defense System Wins Israel Defense Prize Two Developers of the Anti-Missile System Were among the Three Groups Honored for Technological Achievements Advancing Israel's Security
Sep 04, 2012; JERUSALEM, Israel -- The following information was released by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF): Author: Yael Livnat and Iddan...