Abbas attends funeral of former Israeli president Peres

Former President Bill Clinton, in his eulogy, said he was in awe of Peres' endless capacity to move beyond the most crushing setbacks to seize the possibilities of each new day.

President Obama pressed for a Mideast peace plan today in his address at the Jerusalem funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, saying that because of his "understanding of Israel's meaning, he believed that the Zionist idea would be best protected when Palestinians, too, had a state of their own".

Flags at the White House, on all public buildings and grounds, and at United States buildings overseas will be flown at half-staff through sunset Friday "as a mark of respect for the memory of Shimon Peres", the White House said in a statement.

After another brief pause, Clinton eventually made his way up to Obama and into the plane, not seeming to have the least bit of shame for the hold up.

(ENGLISH) "His critics often claimed he was a naive, overly optimistic dreamer. We only remember him as a partner in the foundation of Israel which was a catastrophe for the Palestinians".

[Reuters]US President Barack Obama, in the final eulogy of the service, called for an end to hostilities and said Mr Abass's decision to visit Jerusalem was 'a gesture and a reminder of the unfinished business of peace'.

Netanyahu recalled in his eulogy that he had once argued with Peres, a former leader of the center-left Labour Party, about what was more important for Israel - peace or security.

Presenting the Medal of Freedom, Obama called Peres a true founding father who knew the necessity of strength.

The report was based on notes taken during an August 2014 meeting where Peres outlined how he reportedly told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that attacking Iran would have "catastrophic" consequences.

World leaders including US President Barack Obama and Prince Charles were bidding farewell to Israeli ex-prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize victor Shimon Peres as his funeral began under massive security.

Thousands of admirers and dozens of worldwide dignitaries attended the funeral in a final tribute to Peres and his remarkable seven-decade political career.

Amos Oz, an acclaimed author and one of Peres' closest friends, brought up politics when describing Peres' willingness to make sacrifices for peace. "The world grieves for him".

Peres, Israel's ninth president, passed away early Wednesday morning at the age of 93, after spending two weeks in induced coma following a stroke.

Mr. Clinton was standing behind Mr. Peres on the south lawn of the White House when the then-Israeli foreign ministers signed the Oslo Accords on behalf of Israel in 1994.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the gathering of world leaders was a testament to Peres' optimism, quest for peace and love for Israel. For his role in negotiating the agreement, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with Mr. Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Egypt was represented by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, while Jordan also sent a minister.