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Obama to receive Israel’s presidential medal of honor

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“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.

The White House has not announced specific dates for the Obama visit, his first to Israel and the West Bank as president.

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