Netanyahu eulogizes Peres: We were political rivals, but we became close friends

September 30, 2016 10:14

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu eulogized former president Shimon Peres at his funeral at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl on Friday.

Netanyahu called Peres one of the "founding fathers" of Israel. "That so many leaders came from around the world to say farewell to Shimon is a testament to his optimism," he said."Israel grieves for him, the world grieves for him, but we find hope in his legacy, as does the world," Netanyahu said, fluctuating between English and Hebrew at the ceremony attended by world leaders, including US President Barack Obama and Britain's Prince Charles.

"It's no secret that Shimon and me were political rivals, but over the years we became friends, even close friends," he said.

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