Obama to receive dubious award from Israel

Obama and Peres award

President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to President Shimon Peres of Israel during a ceremony and dinner in the East Room of the White House, June 13, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Israeli ceremonial President Shimon Peres will award President Obama with a Presidential Medal of Distinction when he visits Israel next month, IsraelNationalNews.com reported.

Realize, though, that the award does not come from the Knesset, Israel’s equivalent to the U.S. Congress. Instead, it is being bestowed by an obscure committee formed just last year.  Other award recipients include Henry Kissinger, Zubin Mehta, Uri Slomin and Judy Feld Carr, none of whom is relevant in today’s world of Israel-bashing.

Peres, strangely enough, was presented with the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom from none other than President Obama when Peres  visited last year. It’s a sort of, “You give it to me and I’ll give it back to you,” kind of distinction. Obama’s support for Israel’s Iron Dome project reportedly helped him win the dubious honor.

Since Israel first unveiled its plans for the Iron Dome anti-ballistic system in 2007, with the Bush administration’s financial and technical assistance, there is not much to thank Obama for. The House of Representatives approved an additional $205 million for this project last year, with little help from the Obama administration.

It is obvious that Obama’s upcoming visit to Israel and Palestine will ruffle some feathers among the Israeli populace, which does not think highly of him. Apparently, the Obama team had to drum up some glamour for his trip to the Jewish state, and Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-left opponent, was motivated to award him this medal of non-importance. Of course, the American far-left media will tout this as a gift from heaven to our president, who will also meet with Mahmoud Abbas, the terrorist-supporting leader of the Palestinian Authority annointed by Obama as a “partner for peace.” Tell this to the Fogel family.

 

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Alan Bergstein

Alan Bergstein comes to our pages as a Brooklyn native. Father of four, retired NYC Principal, Korean War Veteran, patriot and Jewish and Israel activist.

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