The funeral for former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres is scheduled for Friday at 9:30 a.m. Israeli time (2:30 a.m. Atlanta time).
The proceedings will be live-streamed below.
Who was Shimon Peres?
- Born in 1923 in Wisniew, Poland, now Vishnyeva, Belarus
- First elected to the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in 1959
- Served in 12 governments, including once as president and twice as prime minister
- Seen as a hawk in his early years, when he negotiated arms deals for the fledgling nation
- In 1996 he ordered the so-called Operation Grapes of Wrath on Beirut in retaliation for Lebanese Hezbollah’s escalated rocket-fire on northern Israel. The bombing campaign killed and injured hundreds of civilians
- A member of the government that approved the building of Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian territory, though he came to see them as an obstacle to peace
- But played a key part in reaching the Oslo peace accords, the first deal between Israel and the Palestinians, which said they would “strive to live in peaceful coexistence”