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Kevin Vickers meets with Israeli lawmakers, PM

11/12/2014 10:20 EST | Updated 01/12/2015 05:59 EST
Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms of the House of Commons who just weeks ago played a major role in stopping a gunman on Parliament Hill, was recognized today by members of Israel's parliament, the Knesset.

Vickers was at the Knesset to meet with security officials, but also made a stop inside the parliamentary chamber. Israeli lawmakers took a break from debating a bill to welcome Vickers and the rest of the Canadian delegation.

"In the name of the Knesset, I would like to welcome you, the representatives of one of Israel's closest friends," said Rush Calderon, a member of the Knesset. "We have a longtime friendship and mutual values, among them, freedom, democracy and the fight against terror. Welcome."

Vickers also met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

As part of his time in Israel, Vickers attended a security conference in Tel Aviv on the weekend — a trip planned long before the shootings in Ottawa. 

On Oct. 22, Vickers, 58, shot Michael Zehaf-Bibeau after the gunman shot a soldier at the National war Memorial and enter the Centre Block of Parliament.

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