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Mr. President,

I was profoundly moved by your decision to award me the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

To receive it is an honor. And to receive it from you, Mr. President, is a privilege that I shall cherish forever. It is a testament to the historic friendship between our two nations.

When I was really young, the founder of the State of Israel, David Ben Gurion, called me to work with him. For sixty-five years, inspired by his leadership, I gathered strength for my country. Pursued peace for my people. I learned that public service is a privilege that must be based on morality.

Dear Friend,

In honour of the National Day of the Republic of Slovenia, Ambassador Alenka Suhadolnik and the Chairman of the Israel-Slovenia Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Dror Dotan request the pleasure of your company at Slovene Israeli Jazz concert followed by a raffle. First prize: Round trip flight Tel Aviv-Ljubljana + two nights at Actum boutique hotel in Kranj, Slovenia. Please note: You have to be present to win.

President Peres, in Washington to receive the Medal of Freedom from President Obama, participated in an event at the Brookings Institution together with US Secretary of State Clinton.

Excerpts from remarks by President Shimon Peres at the Brookings Institution:

"In Syria, two unprecedented things happened. First of all, the bravery of the Syrian people, which in my eyes is admirable and unbelievable. People are facing fire every day, a dictator that kills children. I really want to express my admiration for an Arab attempt to fight for their own freedom. It’s admirable, and I wish them success. The second point, which is unprecedented, is that the Arab League took on responsibility against an Arab country, in a joint venture between the United Nations and the Arab League...

Remarks Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of StateThe Hay Adams HotelWashington, DCJune 12, 2012

MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in a very special welcome to the president of the state of Israel Shimon Peres and the Secretary of State of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Applause.)
MR. INDYK: Please take your seats. Good afternoon, everybody. Thank you very much for joining us. It’s a great pleasure to have you here on the occasion of this event to honor Haim and Cheryl Saban for their support, 10 years of support for the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings. I’m Martin Indyk, the director of the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings. One time I had something to do with the Saban Center.