Obama Remembers Shimon Peres, Says Mideast Peace 'Unfinished Business'

President Obama and other world leaders attended the funeral of Shimon Peres.

Obama then went on to paint Peres as a man whose vision for Israel at times seemed trapped between critics on the far left and far right.

"Whatever he shared with his family or his closest friends, to the world he brushed off the critics, and I know from my conversations with him that his pursuit of peace was never naive," Obama said.

Obama chronicled Peres's work to attain security for the state of Israel, as well as peace with the Palestinians, pointing out to the attendees that "of course we gather here in the knowledge that Shimon never had his dream of peace fulfilled."

"The region is going through a chaotic time. Threats are ever present," Obama said. "And yet he did not stop dreaming and he did not stop working."

Obama continued to draw parallels with himself and Peres throughout the speech by recounting their meetings together, saying, "I could somehow see myself in his story and maybe he could see himself in mine."

"He knew better than the cynic that if you look out over the arc of history, human beings should be filled not with fear but with hope."