Obama Joins World Leaders in Eulogizing Israel's Shimon Peres

Obama praised Shimon Peres for "justice and hope," and said Mideast peace remained "unfinished business."
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And in Jerusalem funeral services are underway for former president and prime minister of Israel Shimon Peres. Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas greeted each other with a handshake. Abbas is one of dozens of world leaders attending that service. And President Obama and former President Bill Clinton are also paying tribute to one of the world's greatest statesmen. We're just now learning about what Shimon Peres considered his greatest accomplishment. He said it was stopping Netanyahu from attacking Iran. He said an attack was imminent but he told the Jerusalem Post could only publish that revelation. Until after he was dead Harris died following complications from a stroke. He was 93 years old. Of course. We gather here in the knowledge that Shimone never saw his dream of peaceful felt. The region. He's going through a chaotic time. Drugs. Or ever present. And yet he did not stop. Dreaming and he did not stop working. Critics who called him hopelessly naive depend on the defense architecture of the deal. Shimon Peres reminds us that the State of Israel like the United States of America. Was not built by six. We exist because people before us refused to be constrained by the past. Or the difficulties of the press. And Shimon Peres was never said. It is that faith. That optimism. That belief. Even when all the evidence. Is to the contrary. The tomorrow can be better. That makes us not just honor Shimon Peres but love him. The last the founding generation is now gone. Should more accomplished enough things in his life for a thousand. But he understood it is better to live. To the very end of his time on earth where the longing not for the past. But for the dreams that have not yet come true. And Israel that a secure. In a just and lasting peace with its neighbors. As a novice workers in the hands of Israel's next generation. And they have us. Of Israel's next generation. And its friends.

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