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Obama at Peres funeral: Abbas's presence reminds us of the unfinished business of peace

US President Barack Obama spoke at the funeral of former president Shimon Peres at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on Friday, referring to the senior Israeli statesman as "a friend."
"He showed us that justice and hope are at the heart of the Zionist idea - a free life in a homeland regained. A secure life in a nation that can defend itself, by itself," Obama said.
Obama thanked Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for attending, saying that "President Abbas's presence here is a reminder of the unfinished business of peace."
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