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Wreaths laid on the grave
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IN PHOTOS: Shimon Peres laid to rest
Leaders from the past and present, from Israel and abroad, came to accompany Israel's ninth president to his final resting place, as close friend author Amos Oz and his three children also eulogized him.

Over 30 former and present heads of state and government joined ambassadors, foreign mayors, governors and ministers and most of Israel's political echelon on Friday to bid farewell Israel's ninth president Shimon Peres in what may be the largest gathering of international dignitaries in Israel in the state's history.

 

 

Wreaths laid on Peres's grave (Photo: AP)
Wreaths laid on Peres's grave (Photo: AP)

 

Family members lay wreaths on Peres's grave (Photo: Reuters)
Family members lay wreaths on Peres's grave (Photo: Reuters)

 

Peres's fresh grave.
Peres's fresh grave.

 

Israel's President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein all spoke at the funeral. 


President Rivlin (Photo: Reuters)
President Rivlin (Photo: Reuters)

 

President Rivlin (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
President Rivlin (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

 

President Rivlin (Photo: AP)
President Rivlin (Photo: AP)

 

Prime Minister Netanyahu (Photo: AP)
Prime Minister Netanyahu (Photo: AP)

 

Prime Minister Netanyahu (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Prime Minister Netanyahu (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

 

Prime Minister Netanyahu (Photo: Gil Yohanan) (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Prime Minister Netanyahu (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

 

Supreme Court President Miriam Naor sitting next to French President Hollande. Israel's two chief rabbis, David Lau and Yitzhak Yosef, center, sitting next to Jerusalem Mayor Barkat (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Supreme Court President Miriam Naor sitting next to French President Hollande. Israel's two chief rabbis, David Lau and Yitzhak Yosef, center, sitting next to Jerusalem Mayor Barkat (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

 

Police Comissioner Roni Alsheikh (Photo: Idan Arbelly)
Police Comissioner Roni Alsheikh (Photo: Idan Arbelly)

 

In total, some 90 delegations from 70 countries were in attendance.

 

US President Barack Obama led the American delegation, which also included Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden, former President Bill Clinton and Congressmen from both sides of the aisle.

 

Prime Minister Netanyahu talks to US President Obama, with President Rivlin and Mrs. Netanyahu flanking them (Photo: AFP) (Photo: AFP)
Prime Minister Netanyahu talks to US President Obama, with President Rivlin and Mrs. Netanyahu flanking them (Photo: AFP)

 

US President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu.
US President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu.

 

US President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu (Photo: AP) (Photo: AP)
US President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu (Photo: AP)

 

US President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
US President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu (Photo: Gil Yohanan)


US President Obama standing next to Prime Minister Netanyahu and Mrs. Netanyahu (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
US President Obama standing next to Prime Minister Netanyahu and Mrs. Netanyahu (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

 

US President Obama embraces Chemi Peres as Prime Minister Netanyahu and Mrs. Netanyahu look on (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
US President Obama embraces Chemi Peres as Prime Minister Netanyahu and Mrs. Netanyahu look on (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

 

Obama offers his condolences to Peres's family (Photo: EPA)
Obama offers his condolences to Peres's family (Photo: EPA)

 

US President Obama hands Chemi Peres a handkerchief (Photo: Koby Gideon, GPO)
US President Obama hands Chemi Peres a handkerchief (Photo: Koby Gideon, GPO)

 

US President Obama (Photo: Reuters)
US President Obama (Photo: Reuters)

 

US President Obama (Photo: AP) (Photo: AP)
US President Obama (Photo: AP)

 

US President Obama (Photo: Gil Yohanan) (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
US President Obama (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

 

Former US President Clinton arrives at the funeral (Photo: AFP)
Former US President Clinton arrives at the funeral (Photo: AFP)

 

Former US President Clinton sits next to Peres's daughter, Dr. Tsvia Walden, and Knesset Speaker Edelstein (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Former US President Clinton sits next to Peres's daughter, Dr. Tsvia Walden, and Knesset Speaker Edelstein (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

 

Former US President Bill Clinton comforting Chemi Peres (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Former US President Bill Clinton comforting Chemi Peres (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

 

Former US President Bill Clinton (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Former US President Bill Clinton (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

 

Former US President Bill Clinton (Photo: AFP)
Former US President Bill Clinton (Photo: AFP)

 

Former US President Bill Clinton (Photo: Gil Yohanan) (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Former US President Bill Clinton (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

Former US President Bill Clinton (Photo: AFP)
Former US President Bill Clinton (Photo: AFP)

 

Former US President Bill Clinton (Photo: Reuters)
Former US President Bill Clinton (Photo: Reuters)

  

The UK sent an especially large delegation to the funeral, which included: Prince Charles, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, President of the Board of Jewish Deputies Ephraim Arkush and former Prime Ministers Tony Blair, David Cameron, and Gordon Brown.

 

Prince Charles (Photo: AFP)
Prince Charles (Photo: AFP)

 

British Prince Charles speaking to French President Hollande (Photo: AP)
British Prince Charles speaking to French President Hollande (Photo: AP)

 

Prince Charles (Photo: Reuters)
Prince Charles (Photo: Reuters)

Prince Charles (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Prince Charles (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

 

Former British Prime Ministers Blair and Cameron sitting next to Britain's Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Former British Prime Ministers Blair and Cameron sitting next to Britain's Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

Former British Prime Minister Blair (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Former British Prime Minister Blair (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

 

British Foreign Foreign Secretary Johnson (Photo: AP)
British Foreign Foreign Secretary Johnson (Photo: AP)

 

The Palestinians sent a four-member delegation, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, PLO Executive Committee Secretary-General and chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, Chief of General Intelligence Maj. Gen. Majid Faraj, and Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh.

 

Palestinian President Abbas shakes Prime Minister Netanyahu's hand (Photo: GPO)
Palestinian President Abbas shakes Prime Minister Netanyahu's hand (Photo: GPO)

 

Palestinian President Abbas leading the PA delegation to the funeral (Photo: Idan Arbelly)
Palestinian President Abbas leading the PA delegation to the funeral (Photo: Idan Arbelly)

 

Palestinian President Abbas, center, flanked by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, right, and President of the European Council Donald Tusk (Photo: AP)
Palestinian President Abbas, center, flanked by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, right, and President of the European Council Donald Tusk (Photo: AP)

 

Palestinian President Abbas at the funeral (Photo: Gil Yohanan) (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Palestinian President Abbas at the funeral (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

 

Palestinian President Abbas (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Palestinian President Abbas (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

 

Many other heads of states, both past and present, attended.

Candian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Photo: AP)
Candian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Photo: AP)


Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, center (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, center (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

French President Hollande, with former French President Nicolas Sarkozy behind him (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
French President Hollande, with former French President Nicolas Sarkozy behind him (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

 

The funeral was also attended by author Amos Oz, a close friend of Peres, who also eulogized him.

Author Amos Oz (Photo: AFP)
Author Amos Oz (Photo: AFP)

 

Author Amos Oz (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Author Amos Oz (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Peres's three children, Dr. Tsvia Walden, Chemi Peres and Yoni Peres, eulogized him as well.

Peres's daughter, Dr. Tsvia Walden (Photo: Reuters)
Peres's daughter, Dr. Tsvia Walden (Photo: Reuters)

 

Peres's daughter, Dr. Tsvia Walden with former US President Bill Clinton (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Peres's daughter, Dr. Tsvia Walden with former US President Bill Clinton (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

 

Peres's daughter, Dr. Tsvia Walden (Photo: Reuters)
Peres's daughter, Dr. Tsvia Walden (Photo: Reuters)

Chemi Peres at his father's casket (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Chemi Peres at his father's casket (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

Chemi Peres at his father's casket (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Chemi Peres at his father's casket (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

Other members of Peres's family (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Other members of Peres's family (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

Israeli-American media proprietor Haim Saban (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Israeli-American media proprietor Haim Saban (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

Peres's casket being carried (Photo: AP)
Peres's casket being carried (Photo: AP)

Peres's casket being carried (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
Peres's casket being carried (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

 

 

 

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