Watch: Netanyahu and Abbas shake hands at Peres funeral

Abbas was one of dozens of world leaders attending the funeral for Peres.

September 30, 2016 09:28

PM Netanyahu and PA President Abbas meet at Peres funeral (Video by: PMO)

PM Netanyahu and PA President Abbas meet at Peres funeral (Video by: PMO)


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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shook hands with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the funeral of former president Shimon Peres at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on Friday.

Abbas was one of dozens of world leaders attending the funeral for Peres, who passed away early Wednesday morning after suffering a stroke.

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Abbas asked the Coordinator for Government Affairs in the Territories (COGAT), the branch of the IDF responsible for coordinating civil and security affairs in the West Bank and Gaza, for permission to attend the funeral at Har Herzl.

COGAT passed the request along to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the latter approved it.

Abbas was accompanied by PLO Executive Committee Secretary General Saeb Erakat, Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh, and Palestinian Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society Muhammed al-Madani.

On Wednesday, Abbas sent a condolence letter to the Peres family, expressing his “sorrow and sadness” over Peres’s death.

Abbas said that Peres made “unremitting efforts to reach a permanent peace until the last moments of his life.”

Adam Rasgon contributed to this report.

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