President Shim'on Peres presented United States President Barack Obama with Israel's Medal of Distinction, Thursday evening, during a dinner at the President's Residence in Jerusalem. In presenting the medal, Peres said, "This award speaks to your tireless work to make Israel strong and peace possible." Recalling a visit to Washington, DC, Peres said, "I thought in my heart: America is so great and we are so small. But I learned tht you don't measure us by size, but by values. When it comes to values, we are you and your are us."
Recalling Obama's request for advice during his last visit to Israel as a senator, Peres said "I suggested that while people say that the future belongs to the young, it is the present that really belongs to the young." Returning to the present, he added, "You noted in your address today that peace is the greatest hope. I share your vision. Your call to reopen the peace process may pave the way for the implementation of the Two State Solution agreed by all of us. As you said: A Jewish State - Israel. An Arab State - Palestine. Next to you sits the reelected Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. He opened his address to the Knesset by reiterating his commitment to the Two State Solution."