The funeral of former Israeli president, prime minister and Nobel laureate Shimon Peres has begun in Jerusalem amid an “unprecedented” security operation, with more than 70 world leaders and dignitaries in attendance.
Among those at the ceremony at Mount Herzl cemetery were Barack Obama, former US president Bill Clinton, Prince Charles and the British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, and the French leader, François Hollande, along with other heads of state and 15 foreign ministers.
Most striking, however, was the
presence of Palestinian president,
Mahmoud Abbas, who had not visited Jerusalem since 2010, and attended the funeral with a high-powered Palestinian delegation despite vocal criticism in Palestinian society of his decision.