White House snafu: Obama transcript puts Jerusalem in Israel

Tracy FergusonOct 10, 2016

Netanyahu acknowledged that he and his "political adversary" Peres had not always seen eye to eye but the prime minister was soon overcome with emotion.

The Canadian delegation, which also included some prominent Canadian Jewish leaders, was noticed and appreciated by Israel on a day when dignitaries from the around the world paid tribute to Peres, the Nobel Peace Prize victor who also is credited with fortifying his country's fighting forces.

Then - finally - the two walked inside.

Nearly 80 world leaders gathered in Jerusalem for the funeral. "He defended Israel like a hero from adversaries and at the same time reached out to them to have peace and largely succeeded in it", Javadekar said. "If they had asked me, I would have said clearly, 'I am in principle against participation, as this was the funeral of a Zionist who was soaked from head to toe in the blood of our Palestinian nation and other Arab peoples, '" Tirawi said.

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And Shimon Peres was never cynical, ' Obama said. He was the only speaker to acknowledge Abbas's presence.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas shook hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife. Obama briefly greeted the Palestinian leader with a kiss on each cheek before walking down the line to stand next to Netanyahu.

Speaking to Quds Press, Mosheer Al-Masri, representing Hamas, noted that Abbas' participation in Peres' funeral aroused huge anger among the Palestinians due to Peres' "bloody history with the Palestinians". Another prominent Palestinian activist, Mustafa Barghauti, accused him of creating a nuclear Israel while a shop owner in Gaza tweeted calling Shimon a man of war and a thief of the Palestinian land.

"Peres was a visionary statesman".

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"People dump on people who serve in public life", he said.

"And you know what our surprise conclusion was?" "We were both right", Netanyahu told the mourners. "The goal is existence and co-existence", Netanyahu said.

Supporters of Israel were relishing the attention it was receiving from the global community as dozens of world leaders assembled there in tribute to Israel's senior statesman, Shimon Peres, who died last week at the age of 93.

In 1994, he shared a Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 with former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for negotiating an interim peace accord with the Palestinians.

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