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Israel to award Obama
prestigious medal in visit

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:BuckeyeRon, 2/18/2013 1:29:59 PM

Jerusalem—Israel will award President Barack Obama the country’s Presidential Medal of Distinction during his upcoming visit. Israeli President Shimon Peres’ office said Monday that Obama will be recognized for his ‘‘unique and significant contribution to strengthening the State of Israel and the security of its citizens.’’ Obama is scheduled to visit Israel in March — his first as president. Obama has often had a tense relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Jewish state’s West Bank settlement policies and the lack of peace process with the Palestinians. But Peres and the committee behind the award noted Obama’s overall

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AP and CNN are also separately reporting this stunning AFP item..

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: melman, 2/18/2013 1:36:30 PM     (No. 9183240)

What are they smoking?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts, 2/18/2013 1:41:04 PM     (No. 9183251)

There is a threat or a bribe or both involved here.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: fritzilou, 2/18/2013 1:41:14 PM     (No. 9183252)

This is like the Nobel Peace Prize given to Obama prior to his doing squat. Israel is giving him this aware in hopes that he will see which side are the good guys. Look, Israel is the victim, and needs to use every opportunity to gain support. So, they swallow their pride and attempt to bribe Obama with a meaninless award. God bless them, because Israel needs every blessing they can get.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: vrb8m, 2/18/2013 1:41:51 PM     (No. 9183254)

Is this from The Onion?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: fritzilou, 2/18/2013 1:42:34 PM     (No. 9183255)

This is like the Nobel Peace Prize given to Obama prior to his doing squat. Israel is giving him this award in hopes that he will see which side are the good guys. Look, Israel is the victim, and needs to use every opportunity to gain support. So, they swallow their pride and attempt to bribe Obama with a meaninless award. God bless them, because Israel needs every blessing they can get.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: hershey, 2/18/2013 1:43:24 PM     (No. 9183257)

Sheesh, the ´word coppers´ wouldn´t let me through with what I wanted to write...

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Reply 7 - Posted by: markinalpine, 2/18/2013 1:44:07 PM     (No. 9183260)

Make it out of Polonium-210!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Emerson, 2/18/2013 1:44:25 PM     (No. 9183261)

Could make a thinking person lose interest in Israel.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 2/18/2013 1:44:59 PM     (No. 9183262)

The prestigious Adolph Eichmann Humanitarian Award would be appropriate.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: lakerman1, 2/18/2013 1:46:17 PM     (No. 9183266)

So President Hologram gets another unearned reward.
Nothing new.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: wsdiego, 2/18/2013 1:46:21 PM     (No. 9183267)

This may a good strategy to keep BO distracted! Appeal to his narcissism!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: avital2, 2/18/2013 1:47:37 PM     (No. 9183271)

#9,i have to say that you put a smile on my face - when i was feeling pretty sick.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: enuf8, 2/18/2013 2:00:45 PM     (No. 9183301)

What a farce?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: mustang flyer, 2/18/2013 2:05:59 PM     (No. 9183318)

I´m sure he will have it tested everyway possible...but maybe he won´t see the tiny microphones or hear the infinitely quiet ´hum´ of the kryptonian particle release device that when activated eats mutated cell brains...

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Reply 15 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 2/18/2013 2:16:57 PM     (No. 9183336)

If you feel a sickness in the pit of your stomach after reading this, then "you´ve been punk´d"..."you´ve been played"....imagine you´re Sen Rubio who last week responded to the SOTU and was belittled because of a water bottle, and this week is in Israel on his second official trip in 2 years and you face this egg-on-the-face announcement from Peres just before meetings with him...

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Reply 16 - Posted by: novakid, 2/18/2013 2:19:29 PM     (No. 9183340)

Alice in Wonderland turns out to be a Travelog.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: horacer, 2/18/2013 2:30:09 PM     (No. 9183358)

This is probably just payback. Last summer Obama presented Peres, with our highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Peres is just being a good host.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: bob913, 2/18/2013 2:33:11 PM     (No. 9183363)

Prestigious award?
Giving it to obama really makes it worthless!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: gobushcheneygo, 2/18/2013 2:38:33 PM     (No. 9183374)

I have no doubt this was negotiated long ago as part of The Won´s reason to visit Israel. King Obama must be appeased and fawned over.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: tatterdemalion, 2/18/2013 2:54:26 PM     (No. 9183402)

Hey now folks, go easy on the Big Won.

This means as much as his Nobel.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: EnsignO´Toole, 2/18/2013 2:57:33 PM     (No. 9183406)

#9 I agree with #12. Thank God people can still have a sense of humor.

Like #12, I feel sick these days. Somewhat off topic but also relevant if you will endulge me. For years I did nothing but buy and read books about WWII German Theater. One of those books was entitled The Case Against Adolph Eichmann

A visitor to my house looked at the bookcase and wanted to know who the Nazi was in the house. A lot of the hardback books had a twisted cross on the jackets. Those books were Winds of War, War and Remembrance, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, Inside the Third Reich, The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler, and many more - none of which glorify Hitler.

The visitor evidently didn´t see the books on Eisenhower, Truman, Raol Wallenberg, Einstein, Eric Bonhoeffer, Churchill, and other great men of WWII era.
After I looked at my books, I decided to take the jackets off my books so that my books wouldn´t give subsequent visitors the wrong impression.

All my reading has given me enough information to feel very, very concerned about the future of our country. Personally, I think Senator Joe McCarthy got a bad rap back in the 1950´s - he may have been more correct than we or even he knew.

Obviously, my bookcase has nothing to do with the article except why I feel that giving Obama an Israeli prestigious medal is like giving Hitler an award for insisting all Jewish-owned stores have a star of David on them so that Kristallnacht will be successful.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Whamdbambam, 2/18/2013 3:11:12 PM     (No. 9183434)

Tribute for the new Roman emperor.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Bunsen, 2/18/2013 3:15:15 PM     (No. 9183443)

I suspect this has something to do with the Iron Dome anti-missile project developed jointly between US and Israel that is currently protecting Israelis from missiles fired from Gaza. Obama gave it strong support under the radar.....there´s a lot that goes on in international diplomacy that we have no clue about. I expect the Israelis know what they are doing.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Salt5792, 2/18/2013 3:25:34 PM     (No. 9183463)

Wusses.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Lionshambles, 2/18/2013 3:35:08 PM     (No. 9183472)

Israel has learned that the king likes gifts, and honors, and distinctions. Just like Third World dictators do.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: saryden, 2/18/2013 3:48:00 PM     (No. 9183491)

I have long thought Simon Peres is to Israel as Dick Durbin is to the U.S.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: iamtinman, 2/18/2013 4:13:14 PM     (No. 9183527)

Another Nobel Prize for doing exactly nothing!


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Reply 28 - Posted by: veritas, 2/18/2013 4:32:25 PM     (No. 9183560)

Not only that, but they´re minting a one-off for Stinky, made of zinc! Usually struck in gold, that was just too-commonplace. Even a bunch of Olympic competitors get gold medals.

Ever-thorough, the Israelis checked with our USDA and FDA, only to find that their first-choice material of... "organic matter" would not be admitted to the US on Barry´s return.

Seriously, I´m on the floor here over this! It´s great.

Doesn´t anyone else see the backhand in this "award"?

See #25. Who has studied human nature longer or more closely than the Jewish people, rabbis in particular? Have you folks never read any of their writing, even contemporary articles? They get it. Except for their decorum, I´d half-expect the ceremony to close with the audience rising as one, turning their backs to him, and bending over as they all drop their pants. [I´d take the pay-per-view on that, for sure.]

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Reply 29 - Posted by: woodsman, 2/18/2013 5:20:08 PM     (No. 9183631)

The Meshuggah Schvartze Award

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Reply 30 - Posted by: bumbleshorts, 2/18/2013 6:12:21 PM     (No. 9183708)

#21, look up the Venona decrypts.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: KanCreeper, 2/18/2013 6:26:57 PM     (No. 9183734)

Do they have cattle in Israel?
A box of fresh cow pies would sure send Da Zippster a message; maybe a box of ´Alley Apples´ to take back for the Press Corpse on AF-1 might be a nice gift.

Hopefully, that medal they are giving him is a boat anchor, to hang around his neck.

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