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        6/7/2012, Sivan 17, 5772

      Peres to Present Obama with Letter from Ben-Gurion


      President Shim'on Peres is scheduled to leave, Saturday night, for the United States, where he will receive America's Medal of Freedom. During a gala dinner in his honor, Peres will present U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michele with unique gifts from Israel, including documents from the modern Jewish state's infancy, attesting to the recognition of Israel in 1948 by then-president Harry Truman.

      Among the documents from the National Archives and the Weizmann Archives are a letter from Israel's first president, Chaim Weizmann, asking Truman to recognize Israel, a document recognizing Israel, signed by Truman, and a thank-you telegram from David Ben-Gurion. Peres will also present a gold medal in honor of Jerusalem and jewelry made of materials only from Israel.