The prize committee looks for heroism, and this year the main recipients were the elite IDF "Shayetet 13," Navy "Seals" and Miriam Peretz the doubly bereaved mother of two Israeli soldiers killed in battle.
I must admit that seeing those sweet guys (gals) at the ceremony and milling around eating during the reception, they just looked like ordinary kids to me. That's because for their parents they are. That was what made the "joint" prize-giving also to Miriam Peretz so fitting. Mothers like Miriam Peretz don't raise their children to be selfish "give me" individuals.
Two of Miriam Peretz's sons were killed by our enemies while serving in the IDF Israel Defense Forces, Uriel and Eliraz. Now she travels around the country speaking to groups, inspiring them, reminding the youth that we have only one country, one Land and we must fight for it. That is the Chanukah message. There's no free ride, but if we fight as Jews we will win.