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Israeli President Shimon Peres, center, toasts Indian conductor Zubin Mehta, second left, during a ceremony awarding him the Presidential Medal of Distinction at the President's residence in Jerusalem, Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Israeli President Shimon Peres, center, toasts Indian conductor Zubin Mehta, second left, during a ceremony awarding him the Presidential Medal of Distinction at the President's residence in Jerusalem, Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

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