This is a curious award (see below from New York Times.) After all the suggestions of a chilly relationship between the Obama Administration and Israel and the fact that President Obama did not visit Israel in his first term which offended some, President Obama to be given this award.
Israel: Obama to Receive Award
By JODI RUDOREN
President Shimon Peres plans to give President Obama a special award at a state dinner next month when Mr. Obama is expected to visit Israel. Mr. Obama would be the first sitting American president to receive the award, Israel’s Presidential Medal of Distinction. Previous recipients include Henry A. Kissinger and the conductor Zubin Mehta. “Barack Obama is a true friend of the State of Israel, and has been since the beginning of his public life,” Mr. Peres said in a statement.
PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 18, 2013