World leaders pay tribute to former Israeli President Shimon Peres

Israel’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said that President Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Pope Francis, Prince Charles and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are all expected to attend Shimon Peres’ funeral. 

Tweets, messages, Facebook posts and video messages honoring Mr. Peres are pouring in from around the world.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid tribute to Peres in a video statement released Wednesday morning. Afterward, he convened with his Cabinet for a special session.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin says he is cutting short an official visit to Ukraine to attend the funeral of former President Shimon Peres in Israel. Rivlin is in Ukraine for a commemoration of the 1941 Babi Yar massacre, in which more than 100,000 Jews and others were killed by Nazi officers in a ravine on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev during World War II. Rivlin says, "Shimon made us look far into the future, and we loved him. We loved him because he made us dare to imagine not what was once here, nor what is now, but what could be."

A former aide to Shimon Peres says his body will lie in state at the Knesset, or Israeli parliament, on Thursday before a state funeral at the country’s national cemetery in Jerusalem on Friday.
Peres died early Wednesday, two weeks after suffering a stroke.

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