The head of the Palestinian national administration (PNA) Mahmud Abbas will arrive in Jerusalem on September 30, to attend the funeral of the deceased on Wednesday at the age of 93 years, former President Shimon Peres. About it reports Reuters, citing Palestinian officials. According to press reports, Israeli authorities have already approved the request of Abbas. At the same time, official statements on this matter was not done.
That Abbas plans to attend the funeral of the ninth President of Israel, told the newspaper Jerusalem Post. According to the newspaper Haaretz, Abbas query about his presence at the ceremony was sent to the coordinator of the Israeli government’s actions in the Palestinian territories major General Yoav Mordechai.
According to the publication, citing a senior Israeli official, Abbas’s request already approved by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Expected to accompany Abbas to be the head of Palestinian intelligence Majid Faraj, Secretary-General of the Palestine liberation Organization Saeb Erekat and the Minister for civil Affairs in the Palestinian authority Hussein al-Sheikh.
The head of the Palestinian national authority Mahmoud Abbas called the deceased the ninth President of the Jewish state as a reliable partner in peace talks. As stressed Abbas, Peres, “to the last breath, did everything in order to reach a peace agreement.” He also sent a letter of condolence to the family of the deceased.
The last time Abbas made an official visit to Israel in September 2010 when he met with Netanyahu, and who was then Secretary of state Hillary Clinton in the framework of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Thursday at the square in front of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) in Jerusalem is a public farewell ceremony with Shimon Peres. In the morning wreaths to the pedestal with the coffin laid the tenth President of Israel Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein. To pay tribute to Peres, whose political career took more than 70 years, arrived, and former U.S. President bill Clinton.
As informs NEWSru Israel, to bid farewell to Shimon Peres on Thursday all students up to 21:00 local time (coincides with Moscow).
Shimon Peres will be buried at noon on Friday at the memorial cemetery on mount Herzl in Jerusalem. On the morning of 30 September scheduled official farewell ceremony with the participation of the Israeli leadership and politicians from around the world.
According to press reports, the ceremony will be delegations from eighty countries, including the expected arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, Prince Charles of Wales, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry, former Prime Minister of great Britain David Cameron. As reports TASS, Russia will be represented by the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko.
Shimon Peres has died in the night of Wednesday on 94-m to year of life in hospital tel Hashomer, located near tel Aviv, after suffering two weeks ago of a stroke. Peres was President of Israel from 2007 to 2014. He was ally’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and was one of the “founding fathers” of Israel.