Israelis from all over the country flock to Jerusalem in order to pay respects

Thousands of Israelis have already paid their respects to Israel’s 9th President Shimon Peres. Thousands more are expected to arrive at the Knesset square where Peres’ casket lies in state by the end of today.
Outside the Knesset building, today Photo Credit: Hadas Parush/Flash90/Channel 2 News

Thousands of Israelis have been making their way to the Knesset building since 9:00 AM this morning (Thursday) in order to pay their final respects to Israel’s 9th President Shimon Peres. Many citizens, some of whom personally knew Peres, are visiting the casket of one of the country’s greatest leaders.

Inbal, a resident of Beersheba, arrived at the Knesset square where Peres’ casket lies in state with her children. She said that she believes it’s important to teach her children about Peres’ legacy. “I told my children about his life and his qualities,” she said. “Although he failed several times, he continued and made countless efforts. This is an important lesson in my eyes.”

Another Israeli, who personally knew Peres, said similar things about the former president and prime minister.  “I had the privilege of meeting him in my youth although we would always say he was the youngest among all of us,” she said. “He was never angry, he always had a big heart. The public only saw this when he became president.”

Outside the Knesset building, today Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Besides those who came to the Knesset building in order to part from a personal friend, there were those who came to part from a leader they admired. “Even back in the days of the Rafi political party, I was attached to him,” one admirer said near Peres’ casket. “I loved him and paid attention to him as a regular citizen, not a political party member. I paid attention to his actions even during his biggest crises as well as his accomplishments. I had a lot of respect for him.”


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