Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today, congratulated Hebrew University mathematics Professor Elon Lindenstrauss on winning the Fields Medal for 2010. The Prime Minister said that Prof. Lindenstrauss has honored the people and State of Israel: "This is a great achievement both for yourself and the State of Israel and we are proud of you."

Prof. Lindenstrauss told Prime Minister Netanyahu of the many temptations around the world for leading Israeli lecturers and of his desire to stay at the Hebrew University in spite of them.  The Prime Minister told him about the anticipated reform that will include considerable budgetary transfers to the universities in order to encourage excellence in higher education.