Obama awarded the 88-year-old Israeli president the highest civilian honor in the United States during a dinner ceremony in the White House on Wednesday.
“No individual has done so much over so many years to build our alliance… as the leader we honor tonight — our friend, Shimon Peres,” Obama said during the event, which also hosted former US President Bill Clinton.
Obama also stated that the “bonds” between the United States and Israel are “unbreakable” and “non-negotiable.”
The Israeli president has been honored by Obama a few months ahead of the US presidential election of November 2012.
“You have pledged a lasting friendship for Israel,” Peres told Obama.
The Washington ceremony in honor of a major Israeli figure comes two weeks after Israeli aircraft carried out an attack on southern Gaza Strip, injuring three Palestinians.
Israel conducts airstrikes and ground attacks against the occupied Palestinian territories on an almost regular basis.
The Tel Aviv regime also denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, including the freedom of movement and the right to decent living, work, health and education.