Israel to award Obama prestigious medal

2013-02-18 21:10

Jerusalem - Israel will award President Barack Obama the country's Presidential Medal of Distinction during his upcoming visit.

Israeli President Shimon Peres' office said on Monday that Obama will be recognised for his "unique and significant contribution to strengthening the State of Israel and the security of its citizens”.

Obama is scheduled to visit Israel in March - his first as president.

Obama has often had a tense relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Jewish state's West Bank settlement policies and the lack of peace process with the Palestinians.

But Peres and the committee behind the award noted Obama's overall friendship and backing of the Iron Dome missile defence system.

Israel's Presidential Medal of Distinction is comparable to the France's "Legion of Honour" or the "Order of Canada."

  • Rashida Patel - 2013-02-18 21:26 obama can be their stooge in the nato and u n ...while apartheid fascist israel continue stealing palestinian land and killing women and babies. What a shame !

      avremel.niselow - 2013-02-18 21:52

      Always the same mantra from you.

      konrad.bosco - 2013-02-19 11:36

      Please supply us the part of the koran where it says any part of the land of the Jews belongs to the mudslims

      joe.mase.7 - 2013-02-25 13:02

      Konrad - perhaps if you wash your hands and clean your eyes and read it again with an open mind; you might be divinely inspired; don't read it with the NGK attitude; if you do, you are better of going to a braai and discussing SA Politics. Then again, this type of knowledge is not for the feint hearted...

  • jojo.balela.1 - 2013-02-18 21:38

    A medal of distinction for having a tense relationship with Israel... Theres absolutely no ulterior motives here

  • musamoyo2004 - 2013-02-18 21:50

    If Obama was not going to be shamed n humiliated by e corporate americans who placed him on that seat coz of e color of his skin,he was never gonna set his foot in israel. As soon as he accepts that award,I have no respect 4 that negro.

      joe.mase.7 - 2013-02-25 13:07

      @Musawashe - let the man be; he is el Presidente; it is not about what is right or wrong; it is about protecting National Interest... all countries subscribe to it; it's called Foreign Policy. Don't loose respect for the player, loose respect for the game.

  • Elky1 - 2013-02-18 22:28

    Bribery, I hope Obama doesnt fall for it.

  • Jason Lok - 2013-02-18 23:35

    barak the bomber- all he does is talk n talk is cheap, notice wen he accepts this Stupid recognition observe how he 'licks his lips...''

  • luna.moon.5243817 - 2013-02-19 07:52

    Any thing to keep big brother happy!

  • - 2013-02-19 08:12

    "As Muslims, our blood vengeance against the Jews will only subside with their annihilation." This is the kind of insanity Israelis are up against, but the free world shoves fingers in ears and pretends not to hear.

      joe.mase.7 - 2013-02-25 13:10

      and the point is? how is this stupid statement related to this article?

  • diana.gill.18 - 2013-02-19 08:12

    What a blowjob...

      joe.mase.7 - 2013-02-25 13:11

      I'm glad you enjoyed it; whatever works for you...

  • Russophillia - 2013-02-19 14:25

    I see the Jewish propaganda police is out in full force today. Trying to exaggerate support for Israel by giving thumbs down to enlightened posters who haven't fallen under their spell.

      avremel.niselow - 2013-02-19 16:58

      Well done! You contributed absolutely nothing!(as usual).

  • gus.fernandes.7 - 2013-03-15 07:35

    Well done Israel. This visit will mean a lot for both parties.

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