Obama gives Medal of Freedom to Israel's Peres

  • First lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, right, and Israeli President Shimon Peres, second from right, arrive for a dinner to award Peres the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
  • President Barack Obama and Israeli President Shimon Peres listen to violinist Itzhak Perlman during a dinner in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Peres was awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
  • Violinist Itzhak Perlman performs for President Barack Obama and Israeli President Shimon Peres and other guests during a dinner in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
  • President Barack Obama awards Israeli President Shimon Peres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a dinner at the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
  • President Barack Obama looks at Israeli President Shimon Peres after awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a dinner in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
  • President Barack Obama and Israeli President Shimon Peres share a toast after Obama presented Peres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a dinner in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
  • Israeli President Shimon Peres speaks after being presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a dinner in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
  • First lady Michelle Obama, center, reaches to hug Israeli President Shimon Peres, left, as President Barack Obama watches as right, after Peres was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a dinner in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
  • First lady Michelle Obama, center, President Barack Obama, right, and Israeli President Shimon Peres, left, applaud former President Bill Clinton (not shown) after Peres was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a dinner in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
  • Former President Bill Clinton listens to remarks after President Barack Obama awarded Israeli President Shimon Peres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a dinner in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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