Chaim Topol receives his civilian honour from Netanyahu.

Chaim Topol receives his civilian honour from Netanyahu.

Chaim Topol has received Israel’s highest civilian honour.

Nine distinguished Israelis were awarded this year’s Israel Prizes in a state ceremony held on Thursday night in Jerusalem attended by Benjamin Netanyahu.

Two Lifetime Achievement Awards for special contributions to society and the State of Israel were given to Chaim Topol, who played milkman Tevye in the much-loved 1971 movie Fiddler on the Roof.

The acclaimed star is also the founder of the Jordan River Village for children suffering from life-threatening diseases.

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