Dignitaries

Israeli countertenor David D’Or sang “Avinu Malkeinu,” as Shimon Peres had requested.

Israel President Reuven Rivlin

"You taught many around the world to love the State of Israel. This is a sad moment. The journey of your dreams that began in Poland ends in Jerusalem, a dream that became a reality in and of itself."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

"That so many leaders came from around the world to bid farewell to Shimon is a testament to his optimism, his quest for peace and his love for Israel the people of Israel...Shimon lived a life of purpose, he soared to many heights…he was a great man of Israel, he was a great man of the world. We find hope in his legacy, as does the world."

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton

“I always was in awe of his endless capacity to look beyond even the most crushing setbacks in order to seize the possibilities….[When asked in an interview] 'What do you want your legacy to be?' He said I'm more concerned about tomorrow than yesterday. Our complicated brilliant friend was steered by a simple straightforward creed...The tomorrows he envisioned are already being lived by young people here in Israel.”

Chemi Peres, one of his sons

"We will remember you as one whose greatness stemmed from a deep passion to serve a great cause, and not out of a desire for power."  He addressed the world leaders directly: “He would have wanted us to thank you for your friendship to him and even more for your friendship to our country...He saw in all of you leaders, friends and partners in his quest for peace who would treasure his memory and honor his legacy."

Yoni Peres, his other son

"[My father was] sensitive and caring towards all people. He wasn't ruled by his ego, he treated everyone as an equal and was always attentive, interested and supportive.  He loved his family dearly, and with all the new members that joined us."

Tsvia Walden, Peres’ daughter

"I will remember him during this past year at Friday night dinners at our home, when he was the first to rise for Kiddush, holding the booklet with the Shabbat songs printed in tiny letters, trying to make out the words of the songs through his thick lenses, never skipping a word, singing at the top of his lungs."

Israeli author Amos Oz

"Peace is not only possible, it is necessary, because we are not going anywhere. We have nowhere to go. The Palestinians also are not going anywhere. They have nowhere to go... where are the brave leaders who will stand up and realize this?"

U.S. President Barack Obama

“A free life in homeland regained, a secure life of a nation that can defend itself by itself, a full life of a friendship with nations who can be counted on as allies, always…. this was Shimon Peres' life. This is the State of Israel. This is the story of the Jewish people.  Shimon never saw his dream  of peace fulfilled, and yet he did not stop dreaming, and he did not stop working.”

  • Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (who sat in the front row at the request of the Peres family.  This was his first official visit in Israel since September 2010)
  • Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat
  • Palestinian intelligence chief Majid Faraj
  • Palestinian cabinet Minister Hussein Sheikh
  • Palestinian adviser on Israeli Affairs, Mohammed al-Madani
  • Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry
  • Jordan’s Deputy Prime Minister Jawad Anani
  • Britain’s Prince Charles
  • British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson
  • Former British Prime Minister David Cameron
  • Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
  • Former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien
  • Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
  • French President Francois Hollande
  • German President Joachim Gauck
  • Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto
  • European Council President Donald Tusk
  • Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban