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At Tombstone Unveiling, Netanyahu Hails Peres as 'Beacon of Knowledge'

PM Netanyahu at tombstone unveiling for Shimon Peres, October 28, 2016 (Photo: Haim Zach/GPO)

The traditional Jewish 30-day mourning period has come to an end for former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres. Today at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl Cemetery, PM Netanyahu and other dignitaries and family members unveiled Peres' tombstone. The Times of Israel also reports that Netanyahu announced that Israel's nuclear facility at Dimona will be renamed for the late statesman:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin recalled the man who helped to forge Israel’s military prowess and launched the Oslo peace process with the Palestinians, and Netanyahu said the Dimona nuclear facility would be named for him.

“I wish to announce here that, upon my request, the Committee for Nuclear Energy has decided to rename the Dimona nuclear reactor facility after Shimon Peres – an appropriate name after a man of vision and a man of action. Shimon had numerous contributions – contributions to peace, to economics, to increasing immigration to Israel, to encouraging Israeli innovation — but all of these are only possible if our defense is secure,” Netanyahu said as he paid tribute to the man credited with founding the Jewish state’s nuclear program.

“Shimon walked among us as a beacon of knowledge and curiosity. Eyes shining, he would weave dreams and hopes with his indestructible optimism. He left us with one instruction: to establish a state that would not shame our children nor disappoint our grandchildren. We will do everything, dear Shimon, to make that happen...”

At the Peres family’s request, the tombstone bears a passage from the biblical prophet Isaiah about the end of war, as well as a quote from Israel’s first prime minister — and Peres’s early mentor and boss — David Ben-Gurion.

Ben-Gurion’s quote reads, “Israel’s spiritual character and inner strength will in the future be the deciding factor for our security and international standing.”

The quote from the second chapter of Isaiah predicts a future when nations “shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, and mankind will not again know war...”

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