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.

Recommended:

  • Late double bogey drops Dustin Johnson into tie for Tour Championship lead

    Late double bogey drops Dustin Johnson into tie for Tour Championship lead

    In an interview Friday, Love talked about the US team and said, "This is the best golf team maybe ever assembled". " ... The veteran has never won a PGA Tour event and faces nearly impossible odds to win the FedEx Cup.
    Aussies appear in Malaysian court for partying in briefs

    Aussies appear in Malaysian court for partying in briefs

    The men, who had pleaded guilty to the offence of being a public nuisance, were then cautioned and discharged without conviction. A budgie, short for budgerigar, is an Australian parakeet.

    Plane evacuated after smoke from Samsung device

    There were at least 17 instances in which batteries smoked or caught fire on US airlines or air-cargo haulers in 2015. Another three cases occurred this year through January 15, the most recent date for which data was collected.
  • Panthers QB Newton sits out practice; Anderson ready to go

    Left tackle Michael Oher, who missed the Falcons game with a concussion, was not at practice either. Both wins came against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whom the Panthers host Monday night.

    Here are some interesting observations by the Supreme Court

    If the BCCI fails to submit the undertaking by Friday, the court will pronounce its verdict. This leaves India with the decision to take between the IPL or the Champions Trophy.

    US House panel lambastes Wells Fargo boss over phantom accounts

    On Wednesday, I had a chance to talk with Senator Tester about questions the Wells Fargo situation has raised. Several called for Stumpf's resignation , and others asked why he shouldn't be jailed, like a bank robber.
  • Tennessee's Jalen Hurd won't play at Texas A&M with unspecified injury

    The game-tying score came on Dobbs' 18-yard touchdown pass to Alvin Kamara with under a minute remaining in regulation. He had a critical blunder, fumbling the ball into the end zone at the end of a 71-yard run with two minutes to play .

    'Smart speakers' are angling to colonize your living room

    That's an art Apple mastered over the past 15 years as it turned out finely crafted iPods, iPhones, iPads and Macs. Right now, we only know about United States availability. "This is more like Apple's way of doing things".
    The Apprentice: Michelle gets trashed by Lord Sugar

    The Apprentice: Michelle gets trashed by Lord Sugar

    In his audition tape, Mr O'Brien describes himself as "fun, outgoing, passionate, driven, ambitious and ready to go". He added: "I think it's safe to say that the talent pool has thinned over the years".
  • Brad Pitt Child Abuse Allegations: FBI Looking Into Alleged Plane Incident

    Brad Pitt Child Abuse Allegations: FBI Looking Into Alleged Plane Incident

    Brad Pitt", the LAPD said in a statement on Thursday. "He is just wrecked by this", a source close to Brad told People . Pitt's bid will come after the shocking split between himself and Jolie which was announced last week.

    Markets Right Now: Stocks open higher on Wall Street

    But the fact that it could get hit with a big bill increased the possibility that it may have to tap investors to raise the cash. After plunging at one point by more than 9.0 percent, the shares recovered on Friday, closing 6.4 percent higher over Thursday.

    Rooney remains England captain under Southgate

    Burnley boss Sean Dyche, 44, ruled himself out of contention for the England job because of a lack of experience. Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri said: " I know they are speaking and Craig is fantastic with us and the FA. "Maybe.


Popular

Ayotte rescinds support for Trump, will write in Pence
The two-point gap in the survey of 500 likely New Hampshire voters is well within the poll's margin of error of 4.4 percent. Trump is to appear at an event Saturday in Wisconsin alongside Priebus and House Speaker Paul Ryan, a lukewarm supporter.

Prof: Sweeney exit anoints Murphy as next NJ gov
Murphy formally announced his candidacy in May and loaned his campaign $10 million, establishing himself as a formidable threat. Lesniak says fellow-Democrat Steve Sweeney's decision not to run for governor had an impact on his decision.

New MacBook Pro 2016: Release Date, Apple Rumors, Price And More
The A9X chip, used in the current iPad Pro and the iPad Pro 9.7-inch, scored 5,523 in our multi-core test on GeekBench. On the other hand, the medium-screened tablet (10.5) will be marketed in commercial and education sectors.

Saudi Arabia Condemns US Law Allowing Suits By 9/11 Attack Victims
The White House called the override the "single most embarrassing thing that the United States Senate has done" in decades. Despite an expectation that Congress would override, the White House made a last-ditch attempt to fight it.

Obama Shortens Sentences for 102 More Federal Inmates
Before August, 13% of inmates receiving clemency had used a firearm in the offense . "To now have a second chance at life". The commutations mean their sentences will either be drastically reduced or eliminated altogether.

Clinton's remarks on young voters fuel new Trump pitch
He acknowledged their differences, but went on to say Clinton made an important point about young people facing dire job prospects.

Roll reversal: All I-26 lanes now westbound for Hurricane Matthew evacuation
Nikki Haley says she now plans to order evacuations of Georgetown and Horry counties at noon Thursday ahead of Hurricane Matthew. The process to reverse eastbound lanes to make them westbound along sections of I-26 in SC began Wednesday, WCSC reported .

Florida could get pummeled twice by the same storm
In South Carolina, where the effects of the storm were expected on Saturday morning, drivers reported gridlock and long delays. The damage from the storm was so bad it forced Haiti's electoral council to postpone Sunday's presidential election.

Thierry Henry reveals what Arsene Wenger is missing
Understood to be in his final year of his latest contract extension, there is as of yet no word whether he will continue on at the helm.

Polish abortion ban rejected after mass protests
On Monday, women dressed in sombre colours took to the streets of Polish cities in a so-called Black Protest against the bill. Members of Poland's conservative government are signaling that they won't continue to work on the proposed ban.