Poland's President Andrzej Duda decorated Professor Shevah Weiss with the Order of the White Eagle. The ceremony took place in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Professor Shevah Weiss (photo by Krzysztof Bielawski)

"Shevah Weiss evokes positive emotions as he is probably one of the clearest examples of the Polish-Israeli common history. A dramatic history, but following this dramatic period also taking the forms of open and honest dialogue that is full of mutual respect as well as cooperation and looking for the common ground," Minister Krzysztof Szczerski, a secretary of state at the Polish President's Chancellery, stressed in a press statement.

Established in 1705, the Order of the White Eagle is the highest distinction in Poland. It is granted for exceptional civil and military merit to the most outstanding Poles and the highest-ranking representatives of foreign states. Its recipients included Pope John Paul II.

Prepared by Krzysztof Bielawski

Source: Prezydent podczas wizyty w Izraelu odznaczy Szewacha Weissa [online] http://www.prezydent.pl/kancelaria/aktywnosc-ministrow/art,543,prezydent-podczas-wizyty-w-izraelu-odznaczy-szewacha-weissa.html [accessed on 12 January 2017].