Israel approves of Trudeau funeral group

Israel approves of Trudeau funeral group

Last week, President Barack Obama stood in as a photographer for former President George W. Bush.

Peres, who served as president, prime minister, finance minister and other senior posts during a career that spanned Israel's entire history, died Wednesday at age 93 after suffering a stroke September 13.

Obama paid his respects for his fallen friend, the dubbed "Father of Israel", with a 22 minute eulogy, reminding Israel that Peres' dream of peace among neighbours is not yet fulfilled. Both were Nobel Prize laureates who labored for peace in the Middle East but failed to achieve it.

Like many air travelers, President Barack Obama just wanted to get on the plane and go home Friday after a trip to Israel.

Since the beginning of his presidency, Obama has made it a point to eat dinner with his wife and daughters every night.

It was President Abbas's first visit to Israel in six years.

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The United States delegation includes former President Bill Clinton, who also spoke, Secretary of State John Kerry, about 20 members of Congress and several administration officials.

Mr. Obama and Peres enjoyed a friendly relationship and shared a mutual admiration.

The funeral created numerous logistical and security challenges, and roads, including the main highway from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, were closed.

Hundreds of people in the impoverished and Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip have staged a demonstration against the Israeli regime and to protest the participation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the funeral of former Israeli president Shimon Peres.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the gathering of world leaders was a testament to Peres' optimism, quest for peace and love for Israel. Abbas was already criticized by his own people for choosing to attend Peres' funeral.