45th President Donald J. Trump was just awarded the prestigious and rare Theodor Herzl Medallion from the Zionist Organization of America. The rare medallion has been bestowed upon such figures as former President Harry Truman, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. The organization recognized the honor for “being the best friend Israel ever had in the White House.”
The ZOA honor was awarded to Trump at the ZOA’s gala in New York City on Sunday night. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also was honored at the event.
“The Zionist Organization of America’s sole mission is to fight for Israel’s and the Jewish people’s safety and security and prosperity,” ZOA President Morton Klein said in a statement, Haaretz reported.
“Since President Trump is the greatest friend Israel has ever had in the White House, we felt it was our moral duty to thank him for all he did for the Jewish State and the Jewish people and to express our sincere appreciation — from moving the embassy to Jerusalem to recognizing the Golan Heights to the Abraham Accords to strengthening protection for Jews on campuses and so much more.”
“Sadly, many American Jews don’t appreciate how important Israel is, both for their own safety and for the Jewish people,” Klein wrote. “President Trump is, in fact, so popular in Israel that, were he eligible to run, he would likely be elected prime minister. Indeed, Israel named a new town after the 45th president, ‘Trump Heights.’”
Other winners of the medallion in history include Lord Balfour, David Ben Gurion, Menachem Begin, and Sheldon G. Adelson.