Thousands Attend Funeral of Shimon Peres in Jerusalem
Former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres was laid to rest today in Israel’s National Cemetery on Mount Herzl. Thousands attended the funeral, along with dignitaries from over seventy nations, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Barak Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Prince Charles of Britain, French President Francoise Hollande and German President Joachim Gauck. In a rare move, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas also attended.
The United States sent a thirty- three member delegation to the funeral service in Jerusalem including Daniel Shapiro, U.S. Ambassador to Israel; National Security Advisor Susan Rice; Secretary of State John Kerry; and U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, along with many other members of the House of Representatives.
Security was tight for the funeral, after officials activated 8,000 police officers and closed off numerous roads.
“Shimon lived a life of purpose. He soared to incredible heights. He swept so many with his vision and his hope. He was a great man of Israel. He was a great man of the world,” Netanyahu said in his eulogy for Peres. President Obama also spoke at the funeral.
Chemi Peres, said in his eulogy for his father, “We believe that if he could he would have used this opportunity to remind us all that the role of leaders today is to serve their people and that there is no greater responsibility and no greater privilege than that." Switching to Hebrew, he said “Whenever we see your friends and loved ones, we will see your face reflected, as in the many people in Israel and the world for whom you were a leader, mentor and inspiration. You were a role model, a loyal son to your people and your country, and you strove with unparalleled determination for security and peace.”
Peres was “interred between the late prime ministers Yitzhak Shamir and Yitzhak Rabin,” according to the Times of Israel.
Netanyahu said “Israel grieves for him. The world grieves for him. But we find hope in his legacy, as does the world.”