President Obama presented Israeli President Shimon Peres with the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom on June 13th, 2012. “President Shimon Peres, the ninth President of Israel, is an ardent advocate for Israel’s security and for peace”. “Through his life and work, he has strengthened the unbreakable bonds between Israel and the United States” The White House said. President Shimon Peres was awarded the medal in May but was not able to attend the White House medal ceremony. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the President of the United States. It recognizes those individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
President Obama and First Lady Michelle held a State Dinner in the honor of Mr Peres at the White House on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 at 7:10 PM ET.