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At Last, Shimon Peres Gets his US Citizenship


U.S. President Barack Obama (R) with Israeli President Shimon Peres during a meeting in the Oval Office.

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) with Israeli President Shimon Peres during a meeting in the Oval Office.
Photo Credit: Mark Neyman/gpo/flash90

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Call me petty, but when you’re the official blog of the White House, you should hire at least one line editor, just to make sure you don’t mess up.

Here’s the offending line:

Today, President Obama honored 13 Americans with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

And among those much admired “Americans” the White House listed:

Shimon Peres “An ardent advocate for Israel’s security and for peace, Shimon Peres was elected the ninth President of Israel in 2007.” There’s more, until, finally, “Through his life and work, he has strengthened the unbreakable bonds between Israel and the United States.”

Now you know.

Of course, it’s just a typo, but, you know, come to think of it, wouldn’t many of us have preferred it if Shimon were to do what he does on the other side of the pond?

Anyway, Bob Dylan also received this award, for being “One of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century.”

That’s two Americans…

Another recipient was Jan Karski, who served as an officer in the Polish Underground during World War II and carried among the first eye-witness accounts of the Holocaust to the world.

Obama caught flack for saying that Karski told President Roosevelt about a “Polish death camp” which he had seen with his own eyes. Official Poles didn’t like the association between their country and the “death camp” thing. They prefer the term “Nazi death camp.”

But Obama, who will apologize, of course, because he has to get the Chicago voters on his side, spoke the truth. Those camps may have been run by Nazis, but there was a reason why the Nazis chose Poland as the location for those camps.

And now, a word from our Polish readers…

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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2 Responses to “At Last, Shimon Peres Gets his US Citizenship”

  1. Adam Schmidt says:

    What’s so great about that? I’d rather have Israeli citizenship! Besides, in this picture, the wrong person received citizenship!!!!!

  2. OOPS rabbi Leon Pettyjohn.

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