An educator and mother of six, Miriam Peretz was awarded the Israel Prize in 2018 for her work to strengthen Jewish-Israeli identity. Her speech at the awards ceremony on the 70th anniversary Yom HaAtzmaut has been regarded as one of the great speeches in Israel’s history, and there have been calls for her to become the next President of Israel.
She lost her son, Uriel in Lebanon in 1998 and her son Eliraz, in Gaza in 2010. Her husband, Eliezer, also died ‘of a broken heart’. Shirat Miriam, her autobiography, was published in Hebrew in 2011, and in English in 2016 (Miriam’s Song).
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