Peres and Obama meet in the White House discuss Iran, peace process

President Shimon Peres met with President Barack Obama on Wednesday, prior to the official dinner and reception at the White House, during which Peres will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civic award in the U.S.

The fate of the convicted spy Jonathan Pollard was the first issue Peres raised in the meeting with Obama, saying this issue is very important to many people in Israel. In their talks Peres stressed that freeing Pollard would be clemency not a pardon.

Vice President Joe Biden, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, and White House chief of staff Jack Lew also attended the meeting.