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USA President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the state funeral of Shimon Peres - photo by BBC video
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Leaders from around the globe paid their respects to Israeli statesmen Shimon Peres at his state funeral in Jerusalem on Friday. Peres died on Wednesday after suffering a stroke at 93 years old.

Attendees of the funeral, held at the Mount Hertzl nation cemetery, included Prince Charles, U.S. President Barack Obama, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
 
"Shimon never saw his dream of peace fulfilled," President Obama said in a eulogy. Eulogies were led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Peres was the ninth President of Israel, serving from 2007 to 2014. He was also the Prime Minister of Israel twice, twice the Interim Prime Minister, and a member of twelve cabinets. 
His political career spanned nearly 70 years.


Vocabulary
stroke - a sudden blockage of blood to the brain
to span - to extend as a timeline
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