The most prominent masons in the world flew in from around the world for the funeral of Israel Shimon Peres, but not the Bush family. It was quite the gathering of masons from around the world. Clinton had the nerve to give a speech that it is clear to see, he isn’t doing it with a straight and clear mind.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas entered Israel for the first time in six years today and shook Benjamin Netanyahu’s hand in the defining moment of Shimon Peres’ funeral. US President Barack Obama also used his eulogy to call 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.’
Mr Peres, who helped set up the post-war Israeli state, died on Wednesday aged 93, two weeks after a major stroke.The statesman was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1994 with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for signing the Oslo Accord in the hope a two-state solution would bring peace to the region.
Today the country’s two leaders shook hands and Mr Abbas said: ‘It’s been a long long time’ – the Israeli Prime Minister responded: ‘It’s something that I appreciate very much on behalf of our people and on behalf of us.’ It came as an emotional Bill Clinton paid tribute to Mr Peres, one of the founding fathers of modern Israel, calling him a ‘wise champion of humanity’.
The former US president gripped his coffin and looked close to tears as he joined 70 world leaders and royals including Tony Blair, Prince Charles and King Felipe of Spain who all wore a Jewish skullcap at the ceremony on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.