Jeff how can they?
The Emails and twitters came fast and furious once it was announced that Barack Obama was to receive Israel’s Presidential Medal of Distinction.
In fact, Obama will be the first sitting American president to receive Israel’s Presidential Medal of Distinction.
“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,” the office said in a statement, according to the Israeli publication The Times of Israel.
How could Israel give its most prestigious civilian award to the most anti-Israel US President in the Jewish State’s almost 65-year history? The answer is simple…Israel isn’t awarding Obama anything; Israeli President Shimon Peres is presenting the award.
The role of President in Israel is supposed to be a non-political figurehead job–welcome guests dedicate new buildings, and going to funerals. The job is something akin to the role of VP when Hubert Humphrey held the position. Humphrey was asked if his family thought he was missing during his VP tenure, he said, “No, I was VP, similar but not quite the same”
President was supposed to be a great role for Peres, welcoming new immigrants off the plane, going to state funerals, cutting the ribbon for building dedication. NO POWER—-NO CHANCE for Power. And the term of office is for SEVEN YEARS. When his term is over he will be well over 170 years old (or it will seem like it).