Former President Donald Trump is getting some much-needed recognition from a group supporting a major ally.
The Zionist Organization of America, whose stated goal is to bolster the vital U.S.-Israel relationship and combat anti-Israel bias, has announced that it will award the 45th president the “rarely given” Theodor Herzl Medallion.
In a published statement, the ZOA reminded members all the good that Trump did for Israel during his term:
Moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; Recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights; Brokering the Abraham Accords peace agreements between Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates; and three months later, between Israel and Morocco;
Removing the U.S. from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal;
Stopping U.S. funding of the Palestinian Authority and UNRWA, a group exclusively focused on financing Palestinian refugees and their descendants;
Zionist Organization of America awards former US President Trump rare honor. Israel was the only nation to have a majority that supported Trump’s policies. https://t.co/qSt0r40eMw via @all_israel_news
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Recognizing the legality of Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria;
Being the first U.S. president to pray at the Western Wall; and
Issuing an executive order to strengthen Title VI of the Civil Rights Act in order to protect Jewish students:
In January 2019, the U.S. Department of Education described Trump’s executive order as strongly reaffirming the statutory anti-discrimination protections of Title VI, which prohibit race, color, and national origin discrimination in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.
The Department of Education recognized from the order that the executive branch would “enforce Title VI against prohibited forms of discrimination rooted in anti-Semitism as vigorously as against all other forms of discrimination prohibited by Title VI.”
In August 2019, then-President Trump called himself “history’s most pro-Israel U.S. president” and suggested that Democrat voters “are very, very disloyal to Israel and to the Jewish people.” Prominent American Jewish leaders – who, for the most part, vote Democrat – protested his rebuke.
Dr. Miriam Adelson will present Trump’s award on Nov. 13 at the Zionist Organization’s national awards dinner in New York City, reports noted.
In addition, he will honor House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., with ZOA’s Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Defender of Israel Award.