June 12, 2012 – New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.
The full text of this week's commentary follows:
This week, Israeli President Shimon Peres
receives America’s highest civilian honor.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is rarely given
to world leaders.
Other recipients include German Chancellor
Angela Merkel and South Africa’s legendary Nelson Mandela.
In making the announcement, President Obama
“In his life, President Peres has fought for
Israel’s independence, and he has fought for peace and security. [H]e helped
build the nation that thrives today, the Jewish state of Israel…. But beyond
these extraordinary achievements, he has also been a powerful moral voice that
reminds us that right makes might, not the other way around.”
AJC salutes President Peres.
He’s devoted his long career to Israel’s
democracy, economy, defense, and link with the U.S.
And, as a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize,
he has tried valiantly to create a new Middle East, based on coexistence and
Congratulations to Shimon Peres!
This is David Harris of AJC.Date: 6/12/2012 12:00:00 AM