Obama To Get Award From Israeli Government

This oughta drive the wingnuts even crazier than they already are. President Obama is going to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Distinction from Israeli President Shimon Peres, the first president to receive that honor while still in office.

Obama, the first sitting U.S. president to receive the recognition, will be awarded the medal for making “a unique and significant contribution to strengthening the State of Israel and the security of its citizens,” according to a release announcing the news.

He’ll receive the award at a dinner at Peres’ residence in Jerusalem, slated to be attended by senior figures from Israeli public life and the Obama administration. The award is given to “private” individuals and organizations that have made “outstanding contributions to bettering the world.”

Kind of hard to fit that into the “Obama hates Israel and wants to destroy the country” narrative that the far right has tried to push since Obama took office.

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  • freemage

    Obviously, President Peres is a self-hating Jew, probably a closet Atheist, who wants to encourage the Mooslam Hoard outside Israel into attacking.

    No, wait, I know! Obama obviously has his al-Quaeda-trained assassins pointing sniper rifles at Peres’ family; so long as he stays in line, they get to continue breathing!

    See, all you have to do to think like a Teabagger is smash your head against the desk, really hard.

  • oranje

    Look, he’s miles better than his predecessor and the alternatives we could have elected, but what’s with all of the awards? Even as someone who voted for him, I kind of cringed at the Nobel award, and I’m failing to see what he has done for or against Israel that is notable. Did I miss some of his CV?

  • tfkreference

    I agree with oranje. On the mobile version of this site (thanks again, Ed, for getting it to work better), I initially read the italicized unique and significant contribution as “vague and ….”

  • Draken

    He’s arguably killed more of Israel’s perceived enemies than Bush by now. Although we’ll never know for sure.

  • slc1

    Re Draken @ #4

    He’s arguably killed more of Israel’s perceived enemies than Bush by now. Although we’ll never know for sure.

    so I guess that Mr. Draken only considers Hizbollah and Hamas to be “perceived” enemies. I would hate to think of what “real” enemies of Israel would look like.

  • F [nucular nyandrothol]

    Derangement syndrome now loads the word perceived with baggage it didn’t have when it checked into the airport.

    Do you really think anyone disputes that Israel has enemies, Mr. slc1? Seriously?

  • The last time I mentioned the American founders in the comments here, things got weird, but I wonder what they would have thought about the nation they were building one day having a foreign country having this much influence on your country’s leaders and national discourse.

  • I’m pretty sure this is calculated to make Obama look like a boorish ingrate the minute he fails to give Israel something they want. I know that sounds paranoid, but what other explanation is there? It’s not like he actually did anything big and bold for Israel, like bombing Iran. I’m not bashing Obama, but what did he really do to “earn” that medal? The article says it’s for vocal and financial support, but what US President hasn’t done the same?

  • jnorris

    Faux News, choose only one as your headline:

    A) the NAZI President is getting an award from Israel

    B) the Muslim President is getting an award from Israel.

    C) the Communist President is getting an award from Israel.

  • slc1

    Re F [nucular nyandrothol]

    For openers, it’s Dr. SLC. For seconds, if one pays attention to people like Prof. Mano Singham, who also blogs on this network, all of Israel’s enemies are imaginary.

  • freemage has it right. This must be another example of Obama blackmailing someone to get what he wants. Just like he did with CJ Roberts.

  • Nick Gotts (formerly KG)

    From the link:

    Obama bestowed Peres the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, last year at the White House.

    It’s a simple quip pro quo.

  • slc1

    Re Nick Gotts @ #12

    Of course, Mr. Gotts means quid pro quo.

  • Budbear

    Re : slc1@#13

    Maybe he thinks they’re just writing comedy material for each other.

  • yoav

    freemage #1

    You’re not that far off, Peres is one of the most hated persons by the Israeli far right and have been for decades, there have been birthers spreading rumors his real mother is an arab 50 years ago. The fact that he was the main driving force behind the Oslo agreement certainly didn’t make the assholes hate him any less.

  • slc1

    Re yoav @ #15

    Sounds like the rumors in Iran that Ahmadinejad is of Jewish descent.

    Another reason the right wingers in Israel don’t like Peres is that he never served in the Army. This ignore the fact that he is the father of Israel’s nuclear weapons capability.

  • yoav

    It’s not so much that they don’t like him for not having a military career (he was too old for the mandatory service by the time the state was established so they can’t accuse him of dodging that) it’s just that, like teabaggers and Obama, in their eyes he can do no right, if he would have served in the military for 40 years they would have found some reason why a long military career made him evil.

  • @slc1:

    if one pays attention to people like Prof. Mano Singham, who also blogs on this network, all of Israel’s enemies are imaginary.

    Where did Prof. Singham say that?

  • slc1

    Re yoav @ #17

    Before praising Mr. Peres, it should be recalled that he was, in great part, responsible for the Iran/Contra deal. According to Saudi Arabian businessman Adnan Khashoggi, another player in that particular scandal and rumored to be a Mossad agent, every time the deal looked to be going south, Peres would step in with a proposal to save the day. Back in the 1980s, he was considered the Richard Nixon of Israeli politics.

  • dingojack

    Adnan Khashoggi? Not even within a universe radius of being a reliable source.

    Let’s not orget those who really brokered the deal Reagan, North et al.


  • @slc1

    You gonna tell us where Prof Singham claimed all of Israel’s enemies are imaginary. or are you just going to hope that great big whopping lie is going to slide past everyone here?

  • … if one pays attention to people like Prof. Mano Singham, who also blogs on this network, all of Israel’s enemies are imaginary.

    Yet another ridiculous fantasy, pulled from the bum of the guy who still advocates using “15-megaton bombs” against Iran, even after being repeatedly told that bombs of such magnitude don’t even exist.

    With “supporters” like StupidLikudnikChickenhawk1, Israel doesn’t need enemies.

  • DJ@20: agreed. If Kashoggi is slc1’s only source for this, I’d dsicount it in a second. The Iran-Contra deal was between the US and Iran, key-shaped cake and all, and I don’t remember anyone saying it served Israel’s interests at all. Reagan (or his dumbass fake-cowboy appointees) may have pressured the Israelis into going along, but that’s their fault, not Israel’s.

  • slc1

    Re Raging Bee @ #23

    Actually, there numerous sources for the involvement of Israel with Iran/Contra. However, I would refer to the statement of George Schultz at the time when he was asked whether the Government of Israel had enticed the US into the deal. His response was, in paraphrase, that we’re big boys now and we went into the deal with our eyes open, implying that it was Israel’s idea in the first place.

    Re Raginb Bee @ #22

    Just for the information of Mr. Bee, although it is true that the large H bombs have been dismantled, we could easily assemble a few such bombs in short order, if required. It is also true that all the B52s have been reconfigured for carpet bombing with dozens of conventional dumb bombs. However, again, a few of them could be restored to their pristine condition in fairly short order where they were designed to deliver up to 4 large H bombs as part of the US Strategic capability.

  • yoav

    @Slc1 #19

    I wasn’t really praising Peres, after more then 70 years in politics he was involved in some praiseworthy things and in some very questionable things, my point is that like the way the teabaggers deal with Obama the Israeli right doesn’t criticize him on the thing where criticism is deserved but just go full WND and claim that he’s anything from a Palestinian sleeper agent to a space lizard.

    As for Israel being behind Iran Contra, it is well documented that st. Ronny initiated it as a way to get around a legal ban on the US government funding terrorist groups in order to topple foreign governments, Israel acted as a go between because an Israeli government can’t really say no to a US president.

  • slc1

    Re yoav

    Israel acted as a go between because an Israeli government can’t really say no to a US president.

    Hey, Bibi says no all the time.

  • yoav

    Bibi makes a show of saying no to Obama but he’s so far made sure not to push too far. Remember the recent extension of building in east Jerusalem announced after the UN general assembly vote on a Palestinian state, the exact same extension have been announced about a 100 times before as a reply to one thing or another and in all case once the new cycle moved on and bibi got all the internal political points he could off the right the plan was buried quietly to be resurrected the next time it was politically convenient.

  • slc1

    Re yoav @ #27

    Didn’t help him much this time around as his combined party lost 11 seats in the recent election.

  • yoav

    The only measure of success for Bibi is whether Bibi is still prime minister, anything else is secondary as well as what would his policies mean for the long term faith of the country. He would be telling the right as well as the American theocrats that were financing his campaign that he’s going to build hundreds of new settlements while at the same time reassuring the Israeli left, the Europeans and the Obama administration that he’s 100% committed to negotiating a solution with the Palestinians. He would promise his rich buddies that he’s going to privatize the public healthcare system so they can make a shitload of money of sick people while making speeches about how much he care about middle class families struggling with over inflated housing prices and he will revise his promises as often as he have to in order to get his coalition to last another week.

  • @slc1

    Yeah, that’s what I thought: you’re a liar and you know it and you’re just going to ignore my calling you on it. It’s an OK strategy but not lying is better.

  • slc1

    Re Marcus Ranum @ #30