Former president Shimon Peres awarded the Friends of Zion Award to His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, crown prince of Monaco.
The award is presented by the Friends of Zion Heritage Center, which operates a museum in Jerusalem and is part of a global initiative of building a bridge to millions of friends of the Jewish state worldwide to counter BDS and anti-Semitism.
Albert was bestowed the award on Friday as part of his activities as a significant voice for strengthening world support for Israel and the Jewish people.
“I speak for the Grimaldi house when I say here how proud and privileged I feel to accept this award as a symbol of the strong relations between Israel and Monaco.
It is an honor to have you as our guests,” Albert said at the ceremony.
Peres said he feels more grateful to present the award and for the occasion right before Passover, the holiday of liberation.
“Israel’s relationship with Europe is a significant one for the international community as a whole. We consider our friendship with Monaco, as well as with the rest of the European states, a strategic alliance which will lead the world on a better path and will bring on a brighter future,” he said.
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SOURCE: Jerusalem Post Israel News