World leaders and dignitaries from 70 countries honored Israel’s ninth president, Shimon Peres, on September 30, 2016 in Jerusalem. They joined over 500 mourners at Mount Herzl, as well as the thousands of Israelis who paid their respects.
In the United States, President Obama ordered all American flags to be flown at half-mast. Only seven other foreign dignitaries have been honored with this Presidential order: Peres is the second Israeli leader, following fellow former Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Yitzhak Rabin (1995). Prior to that, the flag was lowered to honor South Africa’s Nelson Mandela (2013), Pope John Paul II (2005), King Hussein of Jordan (1999), former Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat (1981), former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (1965), and former UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold (1961).
Below are some moving moments from the funeral, including videos from those who eulogized the former Israeli Prime Minister and President.