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I thought Obama and Israel hated each other?

Posted by on Mar. 20, 2013 at 8:26 PM
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It is doubtful US President Barack Obama will rack up many tangible policy achievements during his upcoming Middle East trip. But if worse comes to worst, he won’t go home entirely empty-handed: President Shimon Peres on Monday announced that he will present his American counterpart with the Presidential Medal of Distinction during his March stay in Israel.

“It will be the first time in history that a serving president of the United States of America will receive an award of this kind from the president of the State of Israel,” the President’s Residence announced in a press release Monday afternoon — which makes sense, given the fact that the award was only created last year.

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The decision to award Obama the medal was taken by Peres on the recommendation of the award’s advisory committee, the President’s Residence said.

Thus, Peres will be awarding Obama a blue-ribboned medal less than a year after Peres himself received one in the White House: Last June, Obama, a 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, presented Peres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.

US President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to President Shimon Peres in the White House, June 13, 2012 (photo credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/Flash90)

US President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to President Shimon Peres in the White House, June 13, 2012 (photo credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/Flash90)

“Barack Obama is a true friend of the State of Israel, and has been since the beginning of his public life,” Peres and the award committee said in explaining their decision. “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 is typified by “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,” the announcement stated. “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.”

President Shimon Peres presents the Presidential Medal to conductor Zubin Mehta for his contribution to the country's cultural life at the President's house in Jerusalem on October 15 (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

President Shimon Peres presents the Presidential Medal to conductor Zubin Mehta (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

According to the President’s Residence, the Medal of Distinction, which Peres is to present to Obama during a state dinner at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, is “comparable” to the French Legion of Honor and the Order of Canada.

The medal — which features the North Star, “to symbolize the right path,” and a menorah — is given to individuals and organizations “that have made unique and outstanding contributions to Tikkun Olam (Bettering the World), Israeli society and the State of Israel’s image around the world, and which constitute examples of initiative, innovation, creativity and vision,” according to the President’s Residence.

Previous awardees include former secretary of state Henry Kissinger; the music director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta; Attorney Uri Slonim; Judy Feld Carr; the Rashi Foundation; and Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz.

The advisory committee for the Presidential Medal of Distinction includes retired Supreme Court president Meir Shamgar, former president Yitzhak Navon, Professor Suzie Navot, Dr. Mohammed Issawi, Rabbi Ratzon Arusi, Gil Shwed and Professor Anita Shapira.

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I'm confused.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

by on Mar. 20, 2013 at 8:26 PM
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TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Mar. 20, 2013 at 8:39 PM
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 I wasn't aware he hated Israel? American leaders have notoriously supported Israel for over half a century.

lga1965
by on Mar. 20, 2013 at 9:02 PM
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 LOL, no reason to be confusd. They don't hate each other That's just another sneaky radical right ,wingut story. Anything to denigrate our President,ya now.

Now that their story has been destroyed, I wonder what  the Wingnuts will make up next?

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Mar. 20, 2013 at 9:15 PM


Quoting TruthSeeker.:

 I wasn't aware he hated Israel? American leaders have notoriously supported Israel for over half a century.

Neither was I but many Conservatives I've met on CM insist he does.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Mar. 20, 2013 at 9:16 PM
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Quoting lga1965:

 LOL, no reason to be confusd. They don't hate each other That's just another sneaky radical right ,wingut story. Anything to denigrate our President,ya now.

Now that their story has been destroyed, I wonder what  the Wingnuts will make up next?

I was interested to see what kind of excuses or spin they can come up with.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Mar. 20, 2013 at 9:33 PM

What are you confused about?  We give Israel lots of money so they created an award to give to Obama...

lga1965
by on Mar. 20, 2013 at 9:56 PM
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 Oh? Can you give us facts...Links...something to back up your statement?

Quoting 12hellokitty:

What are you confused about?  We give Israel lots of money so they created an award to give to Obama...

 

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Mar. 20, 2013 at 10:13 PM
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A whole country hating one person?  One person hating an entire country?  Really?

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Mar. 20, 2013 at 10:17 PM
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Quoting 12hellokitty:

What are you confused about?  We give Israel lots of money so they created an award to give to Obama...

Then why did they give one to Kissinger last year? Among others. You can prove this, of course.

 


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