Obama to become first sitting US president to receive Israel’s Medal of Honor
Barack Obama will become the first serving US president to receive Israel’s presidential medal, from his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres on a visit to the Jewish state next month, Peres’s office said on Monday.
“President Obama has made a unique and meaningful contribution to strengthening the state of Israel and the security of its people,” it said in a statement.
“Barack Obama 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 he has stood beside Israel in times of crisis,” it added.
Israel’s presidential medal of distinction is awarded to individuals or organisations who have contributed to Israeli society and Israel’s image in the world.
That sound you’re hearing is the sound of thousands of wingnuts’ heads exploding, all over the nation. One of their most cherished fearmongering lies — that President Obama is actively trying to destroy Israel — has just died.
They're sucking up because Obama is the first prez in ages that hasn't been a total Israel tool.
Heads must be exploding at FoxNews.
Bibi and co. are desperate since Romney didn't win.
How funny. Is Bibi boiling over now or is he in on it?
Obama can thank Barbra Streisand for the Medal of Honor.
I could almost believe this is one massive political version of reverse psychology.
Didn't they learn from the Nobel PEACE Prize? Obama escalated a war right after. He is not going to suddenly start kissing their asses. lmao People never learn.
So far, Obama has done nothing to do any true damage to Israel. O might seem uncooperative at times, but he always gives them what they want, so I think this medal is sincere -- something to say, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
r8, what has he given them? The majority of Israelis hate him. The polls show that. Their leader hates him. You think that's due to him giving them what they want? Remember when they went batshit over Obama daring to say that they get back into their allotted settlements?
"Please be our friend!!!"
R9, reporting from Tel Aviv, Israelis do not under any circumstances hate Obama.
The lefties, of which there are thankfully almost half in this country, love him.
[quote]Remember when they went batshit over Obama daring to say that they get back into their allotted settlements?
Oh yes -- you mean that time when he sent Marine fighters to slaughter all those who didn't obey and they all died because none of them obeyed?
All Obama did is talk.
Wait, didn't he bitch slap them a few times?
Israel likes it a big rough, I see.
Suck it Fox News!
I'd pay money to see the expressions on the faces of McCain & Leiberman when they heard this news. The very first moment when they realized. I bet they shit themselves.
Seems like it's been a bad week for folk named "Benny"...
I don't even like the idea of him going over there. They sure as hell better have airtight security around him.
Well, that's just not fair, r15.
Senator McCain has probably been shitting himself with some regularity in the last few years...
Cindy - daddy needs to make poopy. Oh, never mind...
Hey Israel...transparent much?
Now get the hell off the West Bank and dismantle your settlements.
Israel is borderline personality disorder defined.
We should corral them with drones.
Ulterior motive in this. They want our help or support with something.
Probably Iran, r22
No surprise this didn't make the nightly news in this country. I'm sure if it were an American soldier and Afghan child it would have:
Gee, R22. Ya think???
BiBi fucked up big time when he inserted himself into our election so openly and embraced his old buddy, Romney. That visit to Israel with all the $$ people and Sheldon Adelson or Adelstein,the Vegas billionaire, when they all went for an "intelligence briefing" and fundraising junket, was very embarrassing. Made Netanyahu look like an asshole.
So now, Israel is doing this really big, obvious, extravagant ass kissing. Now, when Obama tries to fuck them up, they can say they awarded him this big honor and now look...it's a very Jewish guilt trip thing to do. Yes, I'm Jewish. But I am AMERICAN first.
I will say it makes me sad to realize Shimon Peres is in his 80's. If he were even in his 70's he'd be a formidable counter balance to BiBi.
Something tells me this won't end well.
Disgusting.. how is this something to be proud of? A state that has executed the Palestine population through decades, a state that is guilty of so many human rights violations. Palestine is just like the Apartheid in South Africa.. only it's worse.
I have boycotted Israeli goods for years, and will continue to boycott it until Palestine gets what is rightfully theirs.
It's nice to think of the Screaming of the Wingnuts when the medal is awarded, but ultimately it represents exactly the wrong relationship with Israel, nation of ethnic cleansing, land theft, and Apartheid.
Bibi tried to mess with our elections by supporting Romney. In turn, Obama criticize Bibi which was overheard by "an open mic". Bibi lost a lot of support and had a hard time scrambling enough support with the conservative party to remain in power. The Lefist Party is so happy with the "open mic" incident and Bibi knows his days are numbered.