Abbas asks permission to head Palestinian delegation to Peres’ funeral

The office of the Palestinian Authority President contacted an Israeli official today in order to request permission to attend Shimon Peres’ funeral tomorrow along with four other senior level Palestinian officials.

The office of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas contacted Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai and requested to attend Shimon Peres’ funeral along with a delegation of four other senior level Palestinian officials.

Yesterday, JOL reported that Abbas sent his condolences to Peres’ family. “Peres was a brave partner for making peace along with [Yasser] Arafat and [Yitzhak] Rabin,” wrote Abbas in a special letter. A Palestinian news agency reported that in the letter, Abbas said that Peres made many intensive efforts in order to achieve peace since the Oslo Accords and up until his last moments.

Abbas and Peres Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Earlier today, JOL reported that the Arab news website Al-Araby Al-Jadeed quoted an Egyptian diplomat who said that Egypt’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry will represent his country at the funeral. According to the same source, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi sent a condolence letter to senior level Israeli officials following the news of Peres’ passing.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton was among the first world leaders to land in Israel ahead of Peres’ funeral. After landing at Ben Gurion Airport, Clinton made his way to Jerusalem in order to pay his respects to Peres, who was a dear friend of the former US president.  

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