Merkel receives honor from US Jewish group

January 20, 2011 19:07

BERLIN— The American Jewish Committee on Thursday honored German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her outspoken support for Israel and the Jewish people as a whole.

The group's executive director David Harris presented Merkel with its Light Unto the Nations Award at the chancellery in Berlin.Harris said in a statement that "outspoken support for the Jewish people, the state of Israel, and the values of human freedom and human dignity are hallmarks of Chancellor Merkel's visionary political leadership."

Previous recipients include former US President Bill Clinton, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.

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