Israel Preps for Arrival of 80 World Leaders for Peres Funeral

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 29: Israeli workers prepare a Picture of former Israeli President Shimon Peres into the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, on September 29, 2016 in Jerusalem, Israel. Peres was hospitalized in the Sheba Medical Centre on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, after suffering a stroke, and passed away last night …
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The Times of Israel reports: Police on Wednesday issued hasty traffic notifications across Jerusalem as security services prepared for the arrival of dozens of foreign heads of state, ministers and public figures making their way to Israel to attend the funeral ceremony in the capital on Friday of former president Shimon Peres, who died early Wednesday morning at the age of 93.

Thousands of Israelis were also expected to pay their tributes to the last of the country’s founding fathers as his body will his lie in state at the Knesset starting at 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning. Members of the public will be able to file past the casket to pay their last respects to the former president and prime minister for the next 12 hours.

Peres’s body will be moved to the Mount Herzl cemetery Friday at 8:30 a.m. and the official state ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. After the eulogies, a procession will head out at 11:00 a.m. to the cemetery’s Great Leaders of the Nation section where a burial ceremony will then begin at 12:00 p.m. Peres will be interred between the late prime ministers Yitzhak Shamir and Yitzhak Rabin.

Beginning at 7:00 a.m on Friday, all roads leading to Mount Herzl will be closed to traffic including Agron, Ramban, Hecht, and Herzl Boulevard.

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