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Israelis Pay Respects to Peres

Friday will be the state funeral for former president and prime minister Shimon Peres, who passed away this week at the age of 93. But ahead of the official service, The Times of Israel's Raoul Wootliff reports that thousands of Israelis will pay their respects to Peres as he lies in state at the Knesset:

Shimon Peres’s casket was brought Thursday to the Knesset in Jerusalem, where thousands of Israelis are expected to pay their respects to the former president and prime minister, who died in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Members of the public will be able to file past the casket to pay tribute to the last of the country’s founding fathers as he lies in state from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m Thursday outside of the Israeli parliament.

Peres died early Wednesday at the age of 93, some two weeks after suffering a massive stroke.

A solemn ceremony saw President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, parliament speaker Yuli Edelstein and opposition leader Isaac Herzog lay wreaths beside Peres’s flag-draped coffin at a plaza outside parliament...


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