Biden to Receive the WJC Herzl Award in Nov.
Vice President Joe Biden is expected to address a pro-Israel gathering and be honored for his longstanding support for Israel a day after Americans would have chosen President Barack Obama’s successor.
According to a news release, Biden will receive the World Jewish Congress’s Theodor Herzl Award at its annual gala on Wednesday, November 9th at New York’s Pierre Hotel.
The Theodor Herzl Award recognizes outstanding individuals who work to promote Herzl’s ideals for a safer, more tolerant world for the Jewish people. Recent recipients of the WJC Theodor Herzl Award include former Israeli President Shimon Peres, Elie Wiesel, former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, and, posthumously, former President Ronald Reagan and Axel Springer.
The vice president will be introduced by Kissinger.
“Over the course of his more than four decades in service to this country, Vice President Biden has proven that he is a true friend of Israel and the Jewish people, a leader in the fight against anti-Semitism, and a champion of human and civil rights for all,” WJC President Ronald Lauder said in a statement. “He has stood out over the last eight years in his devotion to ensuring that America and Israel remain close allies. When he leaves the White House in just a few months, I am confident that his commitment to both Israel and the Jewish community will remain as strong as ever.”