Israeli President To Award Obama With Medal Of Distinction

Israeli President Shimon Peres with President Obama

Israeli President Shimon Peres announced on Monday that he will award President Obama with the Presidential Medal of Distinction during his visit to the Jewish State next month.

In a statement, Peres — who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Obama last year — said the current U.S. president “is a true friend of the State of Israel, and has been since the beginning of his public life”:

As president of the United States of America, he has stood with Israel in times of crisis. During his time as president he has made a unique contribution to the security of the State of Israel, both through further strengthening the strategic cooperation between the countries and through the joint development of technology to defend against rockets and terrorism.

[Obama’s presidency exemplifies] an unswerving belief and ongoing fight for equality without any regard for religion, race, sexuality or gender and the strengthening of the weakest in society in the United States; and for the fulfillment of the values of democracy, human rights, solidarity and peace across the world. […] Through his personal story and his agenda as president of the United States of America, Barack Obama is a symbol of democratic values and he exemplifies the spirit of equality of opportunity in American society.

Israeli officials, including Peres, regularly praise Obama’s commitment to Israel. “I should tell you honestly that this administration under President Obama is doing, in regard to our security, more than anything that I can remember in the past,” Defense Minister Ehud Barak said last October.

The neocons here in the States have spent a lot of time and money unsuccessfully trying to convince us that Obama is anti-Israel. Perhaps then their next ad should tell us how anti-Israel Israeli’s leaders are. (HT: The Hill)