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World leaders gather as former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres is laid to rest

World leaders gather as former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres is laid to rest

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres was laid to rest on Friday beneath the silent pine trees of Israel’s Mount Herzl national cemetery, eulogized by Israeli leaders, family, and two American presidents as a founding father who first built up Israel’s military industrial complex and then sought peace with the Palestinians.

President Obama led the processional at an Israeli state funeral attended by world leaders and dignitaries from dozens of countries — as well as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who honored Peres by crossing the chasm of national divide to mourn in a pantheon of the Zionist history.  

On a cool Jerusalem morning, as a...

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