JERUSALEM (Aug. 9)
Premier David Ben Gurion was last night presented with the $1,500 Solomon Bublick award for "the person who has done the most for Israel in the last two years." The award was presented by the Hebrew University’s Rector, Dr. Simcha Assaf, at a special ceremony arranged by the University, donor of the award.
The Premier promptly turned over the check to University president Prof. Selig Brodetsky with the proviso that it be awarded to a University student who writes the best essay in Hebrew on the influence of Plato’s philosophy on Jewish literature and thought. (The Premier has recently become an ardent student of Plato’s philosophy, which he studies in ancient Greek.)
Disclaiming credit for the singlehanded accomplishment of so great an achievement in relation to the establishment of Israel’s independence as the awards committee had assigned him, Mr. Ben Gurion pointed out that the entire nation, as well as the last three generations of Jews throughout the world, was responsible for the realization of the Jewish dream of a state. In making the award, Rector Assaf appealed to the Premier for government aid to the University and for the release of the institution’s students who are still serving with the army.