Sharansky to get US Presidential Medal of Freedom

Former Likud MK Natan Sharansky, head of the Shalem Center's new strategic studies institute, will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a White House ceremony on Dec. 15, the White House announced on Thursday. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award in the United States and is bestowed by the US President. It recognizes individuals who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."