President Barack Obama, whom neocons and crazed conservative pundits call the “most anti-Israel president” ever, is about to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Distinction by Shimon Peres, the President of Israel, when President Obama travels to Israel next month.
“Obama, the first sitting U.S. president to receive the recognition, will be awarded the medal for making ‘a unique and significant contribution to strengthening the State of Israel and the security of its citizens,’ according to a release announcing the news,” CNN reports:
Previous winners of the award include former Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, the Music Director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Attorney Uri Slonim, and Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz.
Despite getting off to a rocky start with Netanyahu by pushing for a comprehensive freeze of Israeli settlements, Obama’s vocal support for Netanyahu through the November crisis with Gaza and U.S. financial support for the “Iron Dome” anti-missile program, could pave the road for greater trust in the relationship, and more flexibility from Netanyahu when it comes to the disputed Iranian nuclear program.
And in his State of the Union address last week, Obama said when he travels to the Middle East, he’ll deliver a message signaling that the U.S. will “stand steadfast with Israel in pursuit of security and a lasting peace.”
Israel to give Obama ‘Presidential Medal of Distinction’, 1st sitting president to get one. dailykos.com/story/2013/02/…. Neocons weep.
— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) February 18, 2013
The Israeli Prime Minister’s Facebook page is having a contest to determine which should be the official logo (image, top) honoring President Obama’s historic trip to Israel.
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