On Wednesday, President Shimon Peres was awarded the Presidential
Medal of Freedom-- the highest civilian award the United States
government can bestow upon an individual. In a gala dinner held in
Washington in Peres' honor, US President Barack Obama praised the
Israeli president's legacy and efforts on behalf of peace. Accepting
the award, Peres said he was profoundly moved by the honor, adding
that it was "a testament to the historic friendship" between Israel
and the US.