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World leaders pay last respects to Peres

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 02:06

World leaders join family, friends and political colleagues of former Israeli leader Shimon Peres for a final farewell. Paul Chapman reports.

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The funeral of former Israeli leader Shimon Peres brought a who's-who of world leaders to Jerusalem. Among the presidents, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, greeted by current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. During the ceremony Netanyahu said Peres had left a legacy of hope. (SOUNDBITE)(English) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SAYING: "Shimon lived a life of purpose. He soared to incredible heights. He swept so many with his vision and his hope. He was a great man of Israel. He was a great man of the world. Among the many to pay tribute was former U.S. President Bill Clinton who said his association with Peres spanned decades. (SOUNDBITE)(English) FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON SAYING: "His critics often claimed he was a naive, overly optimistic dreamer. They were only wrong about the naive part. He knew exactly what he was doing in being overly optimistic." Current U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a 20-minute eulogy to Peres who died on Wednesday at the age of 93. He said Peres had never given up on his dream of peace with the Palestinians. (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "Even in the face of terrorist attacks, even after repeated disappointments at the negotiation table, he insisted that as human beings, Palestinians must be seen as equal in dignity to Jews and must therefore be equal in self-determination." Peres, who jointly won a Nobel Prize for his peace efforts with the Palestinians in the 1990s, was buried alongside two other former Israeli prime ministers. One of them, Yitzak Rabin, was assassinated because of the interim peace deals he and Peres reached with the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

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World leaders pay last respects to Peres

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 02:06