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Herzog to give Presidential Medal of Honor to Cypriot counterpart Anastasiades

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Cyprus' president Nicos Anastasiades, left, and Israeli President Isaac Herzog wave to the media before their meeting at the presidential palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, March 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Cyprus' president Nicos Anastasiades, left, and Israeli President Isaac Herzog wave to the media before their meeting at the presidential palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, March 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

President Isaac Herzog will bestow the Israeli Presidential Medal of Honor on his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades tomorrow at his official residence in Jerusalem, his office announces.

The announcement calls Anastasiades “a loyal partner to Israel, among other things in the intimate cooperation, the closeness and deep respect between the countries.”

Herzog announces five other recipients as well, including poet Rachel Shapira, IDF BG (res.) Pinchas Bukhris, Arab educational entrepreneur Dalia Fadila, youth educator Haim Perry, and US Jewish leader Michael Siegal.

The award, bestowed on 28 people thus far, was initiated by then-president Shimon Peres in 2012. Based on the French Legion of Honor, it was last given in 2014 before Herzog gave it to US President Joe Biden and Czech President Miloš Zeman earlier this year.

Herzog reconstituted the Medal of Honor advisory committee upon taking office, under retired Supreme Court Justice Yoram Danziger.

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