Obama to attend Shimon Peres funeral in Jerusalem

09 October, 2016, 05:09 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Obama to attend Shimon Peres funeral in Jerusalem

On Thursday morning, a solemn ceremony saw President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, parliament speaker Yuli Edelstein and opposition leader Isaac Herzog lay wreaths beside Peres's flag-draped coffin at a plaza outside parliament.

Obama, who ordered United States flags at half-staff late on Wednesday, "will lead the U.S. delegation to Jerusalem to participate in the funeral", the White House said.

The Jewish community in the Coachella Valley is remembering and reflecting on the life of former Israeli president and prime minister Shimon Peres.

"Mr. Peres made an enormous contribution to the founding and building of the State of Israel".

The 93-year-old former prime minister, Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize victor died at a Tel Aviv hospital before dawn Wednesday from complications of a massive stroke suffered two weeks earlier.

Besides Obama and Prince Charles, other leaders due to attend Friday's funeral include former U.S. president Bill Clinton, French President Francois Hollande and Spain's King Felipe VI.

You are reading news and information on LongIsland.com, Long Island's Most Popular Website, Since 1996. Peres passed away Wednesday after suffering a massive stroke and being hospitalized.


Thousands are expected to pass through. It's expected to be the largest state memorial since the assassination of then-Prime Minister Rabin in 1995.

Pope Francis (R) meets Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for a peace invocation prayer at the Vatican Gardens, June 8, 2014.

"Perhaps because he had seen Israel surmount overwhelming odds, Shimon never gave up on the possibility of peace between Israelis, Palestinians and Israel's neighbors - not even after the heartbreak of the night in Tel Aviv that took Yitzhak Rabin", Obama said in a White House statement.

Police have shut roads throughout Jerusalem in preparation.

Although Peres is hailed as a man of peace, Arab leaders have greeted his death mostly with silence.

That capability, he once said, was acquired "not in order to have a Hiroshima but an Oslo" - referring to the 1993 peace agreement that won him a share of the Nobel Peace Prize (though the Oslo process eventually collapsed in a wave of Palestinian terrorism and defiance). No presence of important leaders of the Middle East countries had been formalized. Obama paid tribute to Peres in the first sentence but pivoted to the far more important matter of himself in the second.

"He did a lot for our country", said one of her 13-year-old students, named Sophie.

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