David was a complex figure, a seminal Biblical hero whose actions and
words continue to touch us today. He was a shepherd, a warrior, a poet
whose Psalms are filled with the yearning for peace, and a brilliant
leader with a strategic approach to statecraft. In the award that bears
his name, we capture the concept that a single, dedicated person can
change the world.
award has been presented only to a very select group of individuals who
have demonstrated just how much one person can make a difference.
Minister Netanyahu honored Kirk Douglas with the King David Award for a
lifetime of achievements. A special King David Award was presented in
the Knesset by Prime Minister Shimon Peres to President Ronald Reagan
"for his inspirational commitment and unwavering support for Israel
during his presidency." Daughter, Maureen, accepted.
presented the award to Great Britain's Lady Margaret Thatcher, for her
staunch support of Israel and championship for the cause of Soviet
Jewry. Barbara Walters and Michael Douglas gave Soviet President
Mikhail Gorbachev the King David Award for freeing Soviet Jewry to go
to Israel to learn their heritage.
President Clinton presented
the first award in 1994 to Steven Speilberg who had sensitized hundreds
of millions of people around the world to the Holocaust with the
Oscar-winning Schindler's List. In March of 1998, the King David Award
was presented to Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Henry Kissinger, who
set in motion the negotiations which ultimately led the Egypt-Israel
peace treaty, who continues to help guide American foreign policy and
whose wise counsel is respected in Washington and Jerusalem.