Tomorrow: Thousands of Israelis expected to pay final respects to Israel’s 9th President

The final preparations outside the Knesset building are being made in order to prepare the area for the thousands of Israelis who are expected to pay their final respects to Israel’s 9th President tomorrow.
Flags at half-staff outside the Knesset building, today Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

The preparations this evening (Wednesday) for Shimon Peres’ funeral continue as the Israeli public begins its the first evening without Israel’s 9th President. The entire country is mourning the loss of Peres, who served as president, prime minister, a minister of many government and an MK over a period of almost 50 years.

After the state flags at the Knesset were lowered to half-staff during a ceremony, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein delivered a speech: “I told Peres’ family that I will not accept any excuses. I want to see Shimon at the opening winter session of the Knesset in October. Unfortunately, this will not happen.”

“The family of Israeli citizens is not just parting from a beloved member, we are parting from the head of the family,” continued Edelstein. “At this building, we are not just eulogizing the 9th President and a former prime minister but an MK who was in this building for 48 years, a number that is hard to imagine and I don’t believe that anyone will ever break this record.”

As reported earlier today by JOL, the Knesset’s Ministerial Committee for Ceremonies and Symbols began planning the funeral, which will be attended by dozens of world leaders, this afternoon. From 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM tomorrow, Peres’ casket will be located at the Knesset square and the public is invited to pay their final respects to Israel’s 9th President.

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