Obama meeting with Israeli President Peres

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is holding meetings at the White House with outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres (shee-MOHN' PEHR'-ehs).

Obama and Peres are holding a private meeting with American Jewish community leaders, followed by a working lunch and an Oval Office meeting. On Thursday, Peres will be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor recognizing his lifelong dedication to the cause of peace.

The 90-year-old Peres is making his final foreign trip before leaving office next month. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has held nearly every major position in Israeli politics during his 65-year political career.

The role of Israeli president is largely ceremonial, with the office typically filled by a respected elder statesman who is expected to rise above politics.

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