Peres to visit While House

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli President Shimon Peres will visit the White House at the end of June.

The meeting will come on June 25, just weeks before Peres steps down as president. A successor is expected to be chosen in June, before the end of Peres’ term in July.

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During a meeting Wednesday in Jerusalem, U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice told Peres that “President Obama looks forward to welcoming him for a visit to the White House on June 25th,” according to a White House readout of the meeting.

Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters traveling to Little Rock, Ark. Wednesday with Obama that Peres would visit.

In June, 2012, Obama presented Peres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor that the United States can award to a civilian, at a dinner at the White House in the East Room.

“In his life he has fought for Israel’s independence, and he has fought for peace and security. As a member of the Haganah and a member of the Knesset; as a minister of defense and foreign affairs; as a prime minister and as a president — Shimon helped build the nation that thrives today: the Jewish state of Israel,” Obama said at the ceremony. “But beyond these extraordinary achievements, he has also been a powerful moral voice that reminds us that right makes might, not the other way around.”

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