Shimon Peres confers Israel’s presidential award on Elie Wiesel
In a private ceremony, Israel’s president Shimon Peres conferred the President’s Medal of Distinction on Elie Wiesel. In his remarks, following President Peres’s laudatio, Prof. Wiesel comments on his own upbringing as someone who preferred the Talmud to Zionism but whose parents compelled him to study modern Hebrew nevertheless. The realization of the importance of the Jewish state dawned on Wiesel not before or during the Shoah, but later on. Though he does not live in Israel, Israel lives within him, Wiesel said. Watch the exchange of comments during the award ceremony on this video, courtesy of Israeli news channel Aruz 7.