(Article changed on February 20, 2013 at 01:26)
Israel's War Criminal of the Year Award
by Stephen Lendman
Israel honors a genocidist.
Imagining honoring crimes of war, against humanity and genocide. Imagine calling war on humanity honorable.
Imagine granting a nation's highest civilian award for waging it. It shouldn't surprise. Obama will receive Israel's Presidential Medal of Distinction. More on him below.
On February 18, Shimon Peres announced the award. It'll be given during Obama's March visit. It's his first as president. He'll get it at Peres' Jerusalem residence. An Israeli press release said:
<blockquote>"It will be the first time in history that a serving president of the United States of America will receive an award of this kind from the president of the State of Israel."
Peres' spokesperson added:
"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 with Israel in times of crisis."
"During his time as president, he has made a unique contribution to the security of the State of Israel, both through further strengthening of the strategic cooperation between the two countries and through the joint development of technology to defend Israel against rockets and terrorism."</blockquote>
In 2012, Peres established the award. Henry Kissinger among others received it. Israelis and non-citizens are eligible.
<blockquote>It's given to those "who have made an outstanding contribution to the State of Israel or to humanity, through their talents, services, or in any other form."
At the 2012 award ceremony, Peres said:
"I'm old enough to know that people are no less important than ideas."
"The world has learned to say 'thank you,' and it's time that we also thank people of stature, people who set an example for the younger generation, so as to send a message that any person can be as great as his greatest action or thought."