President Barack Obama will be the American president ever to receive the Israeli “presidential decoration” when he visits next month, the office of President Shimon Peres announced Monday.

The award will be represented at a gala dinner at President’s Peres’ official Jerusalem residence.

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“President Obama has stood by Israel in the toughest of times, promoted Israeli arms development and reinforcement, for example ‘Iron Dome’ systems,” Peres’ office said.

“The President in renowned for his faith in equality without discrimination and standing up for the lower classes. He has promoted American Democracy and world peace, and is a role model of leadership.”

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