Daily Israel Report

Peres to Visit Obama, Receive Special AIPAC Award

Peres will visit Obama in March on a trip that will include an award from AIPAC and meetings in the Silicon Valley and with film moguls.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 1/17/2012, 8:08 AM

President Shimon Peres will visit President Barack Obama in March on an intensive trip that will include a special award from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and meetings in the Silicon Valley and with film moguls.

The President, aside from his official ceremonial position, has been active behind the scenes in trying to advance the “diplomatic process” with the Palestinian Authority and has consistently warned that Iran presents a danger to the entire world, issues that will be on the discussion agenda with President Obama.

He is scheduled to leave Israel March 1 and begin his American tour with an opening speech at AIPAC, which is preparing a social documentary on his lifelong work as an Israeli politician and statesman, which will be shown on giant screen to the 12,000 participants at the annual convention. He will be given a special award in recognition of his work for strengthening strategic links with the United States.

The 88-year-old President also will tour California’s Silicon Valley in an effort to convince companies to move and expand their operations in Israel, which already is known worldwide as a leader in new developments in the industry.

“Hasbara,” the informational campaign to balance and correct biased media reports on Israel, will be high on his agenda. Hs schedule includes several interviews with media and with the heads of the Hollywood film industry, which has become an important communications tool in its portrayal of human relations, particularly those of Jews and Israel.

President Peres also will meet with leaders of Jewish communities and present to them his new vision for relations with the Diaspora.