J Street wishes President Peres the warmest of congratulations on being awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, a fitting tribute to a statesman who has devoted his career to defending the State of Israel, striving for peace and upholding the US-Israel alliance.
Peres’ visionary leadership has guided Israel through times of accomplishment and tragedy, and he has never wavered as a clear voice for a lasting peace with Israel’s neighbors. As president, Peres has been the conscience of his nation, an inspiration to Israelis and Jews all over the world to live up to the highest Jewish values.
Peres’ latest visit to the United States this week has been bittersweet -- he will be sorely missed as Israel’s head of state. And yet, we have no doubt that a public servant like Peres can never truly retire, any more than Israel itself can cease fighting for its future as a democratic, Jewish homeland.
We have been honored to work with him for the cause of peace, and we hope to continue that partnership in the years ahead. Mazel Tov, Mr. President!