Israeli leaders lay wreaths on Peres' casket


Peres served twice as Israeli prime minister.

Shimon Peres dies was posted in World of TheNews International - on September 29, 2016 and was last updated on September 29, 2016.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will attend the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, but the chairman of Israel's Joint Arab List party said he will not attend.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his "profound sadness". Netanyahu and Rivlin laid wreaths next to Peres' coffin during a silent ceremony. The casket was covered in a blue and white Israeli flag and watched over by a small honor guard.

Johnston, who hosted a state dinner for Peres at Rideau Hall during that visit, said the Israeli leader left an impression for his social conscience and love of Israel.

United States President Barack Obama will arrive for the funeral on Friday with a delegation that will also include former president Bill Clinton, who was president at the time of the Oslo Accords; Vice President Joe Biden; and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Mr Peres's casket was brought to the Knesset in Jerusalem today, and will lie in state until 9pm.

Securing the event would be the "largest" operation of its kind in the history of the nation, the statement added.

The police preparations have focused on four main areas - Mount Herzl, the country's national cemetery in Jerusalem where the funeral will be held, the Knesset, Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv and at hotels where world leaders will stay.

But he is also remembered in the Arab world as the man who ordered the devastating "Grapes of Wrath" operation against Lebanon in 1996, which left 175 people dead, a lot of them civilians.

However, he was also known for his peace efforts, playing a major role in the Oslo peace accords and winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to create peace between Israel and Palestine. European leaders frequently criticize Israeli policies toward the Palestinians. He never gave up and now that is gone.

Bassa said Peres was not religious "but he was a man who had a deep faith in Israel and the goodness of people".

After the death of Shimon Peres, Israelis gather in front of the coffin of the former president in Jerusalem.

"Even the people who disagreed with his politics appreciate his contributions: how he built the air force and Israel's strategic capabilities".

Dozens of world leaders are flying to Israel to attend Peres' funeral in Jerusalem on Friday.

Peres has been lauded for his diplomatic work in the Middle East, over a career that stretched more than 60 years.

Dion said he met Peres in 1999.

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has called on Palestinians to hold a "Day of Rage" on Friday which will coincide with the funeral of Peres.



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