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    Ambassador John Bolton to Receive Ingeborg Rennert Center's Guardian of Zion Award

    Date: 2017-04-04 Hour: 8:41

    Next month Bar-Ilan University's Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies will bestow its annual Guardian of Zion Award upon former US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.  Amb. Bolton will deliver the Distinguished Rennert Lecture, this year entitled “The Old Jerusalem or the New Jerusalem”.  


    "Ambassador Bolton has long been of the opinion that it is possible to negotiate only from a position of strength. He has done his utmost to guarantee that both Israel and the United States would be in such a position," said Rennert Center Director Prof. Joshua Schwartz in making the announcement. 


    "Israel has the land, they believe in their land and their capital is Jerusalem," responded Bolton. "It is my great privilege to be considered someone who has done anything to warrant being called a Guardian of Zion. I look upon this award with great pride and hope that we will soon see Jerusalem, Zion, receive the status it so much deserves." 


    During his tenure at the United Nations, Amb. Bolton was a leading voice on the need for the Security Council to take strong action against international proliferation and terrorism. He continued efforts to prevent North Korea and Iran from gaining deliverable nuclear weapons.  Along with France's ambassador, Bolton led the Security Council to approve a unanimous resolution to end the 2006 Hezbollah war on Israel, to authorize UN peacekeepers and to create an arms embargo against Hezbollah.  He was also a strong advocate for human rights while serving at the UN, arranging the Security Council's first deliberations on Burma's human rights abuses and engineering the Council's approval of more than 20,000 UN peacekeepers in Darfur, Sudan.     Prior to his appointment, he served as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security and in a number of additional positions during his career in public service.  He is currently a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.


    The Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies was established at Bar-Ilan University in 1995 by US Jewish community leaders Ingeborg Hanna and Ira Leon Rennert as an expression of their heartfelt commitment to the preservation and advancement of Jerusalem's unique heritage. Integrating studies on the history, archaeology, geography, demography, economy and sociology of Jerusalem, the Rennert Center has become the foremost academic center in the international academic community studying aspects of Jerusalem's past and present.


    This is the twenty-first year the Rennert Center is conferring the Guardian of Zion Award, which honors those dedicated to the perpetuation and strengthening of Jerusalem.  Last year's award was bestowed upon World Jewish Congress President Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder.  Additional recipients have included former US Senator Joe Lieberman, Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Israel Museum Director James S. Snyder, the Israel Antiquities Authority and its late Director, Shuka Dorfman, Amb. Dore Gold, Malcolm Hoenlein, Caroline Glick, Norman Podhoretz, Dr. Daniel Pipes, the late William Safire, Arthur Cohn, Dr. Charles Krauthammer, Cynthia Ozick, the late A.M. Rosenthal, Herman Wouk, and the late Prof. Elie Wiesel. 


    The Guardian of Zion Award ceremony will take place in Jerusalem on Monday evening, May 29.