ISRAELI FOUNDING FATHER SHIMON PERES LAID TO REST FOLLOWING FUNERAL ATTENDED BY WORLD LEADERS

Sep 30, 2016

By Jane Brown

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A funeral’s been held for the last founding father of Israel.

The Jerusalem funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres was attended by dignitaries from around the world, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama who delivered one of the eulogies.

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(Obama alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)

“Shimon Peres reminds us that the state of Israel like the United States of America was not built by cynics,” Obama said, “We exist because people before us refused to be constrained by the past or the difficulties of the present and Shimon Peres was never cynical.”

Shimon Peres died earlier this week at the age of 93. He is being buried on Mount Herzl alongside many of Israel’s former leaders.

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