Israeli President Peres gave his American counterpart, Barack Obama, the Israeli Medal of Distinction, and said: "It is my privilege to present you with our country’s highest honor. This award speaks to your tireless work to make Israel strong. Your presidency has given the close ties between Israel and the United States a new height.
"The people of Israel are particularly moved by your unforgettable contribution to their security. One occasion, when we were alone, you stood with us. So we were not alone. We were alone together. We shall never forget it." (Ynet)