Thousands of people attended the funeral of Israel’s ninth president and former Prime Minister Shimon Peres, who passed away this week at the age of 93. Arutz Sheva provided live coverage for the entire funeral.
President Reuven Rivlin eulogized Peres, in addition to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton.
Peres’s children – Yoni and Chemi Peres and Prof. Tsvia Walden – eulogized their father as well, as did author Amos Oz, a personal friend of Peres. Singer David D'Or performed "Avinu Malkeinu" as requested by Peres himself.
Rivlin eulogized Peres, "I am speaking to you, 'president to president,' for the last time. As I speak, my eyes are searching for you. Our beloved brother, our eldest brother, you are no longer here. ... Few of those among us understand, and many more will write, about how many mountains you moved from 1948 until today, in order to protect Israel's security and our army's superiority.
"Who can understand how deep your belief was...how much you believed that Israel must be clever but also right, and faithful to her values - as Jewish democratic state and a democratic Jewish state - at all times."
Rivlin added, "This is a sad day, Shimon, it's a sad day. Your journey of dreams began in Vishnyeva, Poland, and ended in Jerusalem, our capital city. She, too, is a dream which became reality. Your death is a huge personal and national loss; it ends an era, an era of giants, whose life story is the story of the Zionist movement and the State of Israel."
Prime Minister Netanyahu also eulogized Peres, saying, "He was a key partner in the revival of the Jewish nation. Peres flew on the wings of a vision, but he knew that his flight took him over the bumps of politics."
Netanyahu turned to the participating world leaders, saying, "You came to Jerusalem from near and far, to honor one of Israel's founding fathers, one of the leaders who created our nation. Shimon Peres was amazing, he was a full partner in the revival of the Jewish nation."
He added, "It's no secret that Shimon and I were political enemies, but over the years we became close friends."
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said, "Your words, Shimon, were always exact. Your sentences were perfectly formed, as befits a man of your stature. But you were exceptional: Your words were not a substitute for deeds. You never made do with only words. You merited to become one of Israel's great founders, forming our country's face, strength, and character."
Edelstein continued, "While I was still a refusenik, my mother told me during a rare family visit, how worried you were about me, and how you were working to free me. She spoke to me in code. You proved again and again how great our nation is, despite our geographic and demographic limitations."
"We learned from you not to give up, not to despair. You were a lighthouse of optimism; you put everything in proportion. Your dream was to be a shepherd, and you fulfilled your dream. You were a shepherd leading the way; you served for 48 years in the Knesset. You were Knesset Chair, and you were part of the Knesset's essence," he said.
Former US president Bill Clinton also eulogized Peres, saying, "For more than 70 years, Peres served the Israeli public. I was honored to share more than 25 of those years with him, first in an attempt to make peace between Israel and the Palestinians and then as good friends. I was always amazed at his ability to utilize every opportunity of every day.
"Peres was someone who you could listen to and laugh with. He was able to ignore the worst possibilities and look forward to the best. I feel honored that the family has asked me to speak about his importance. I received much inspiration from Shimon Peres, and he touched many hearts," Clinton concluded.
Tsvia Walden, Peres' daughter, said, "I say goodbye to two people today: To Peres, Shimon, the honorable president; and to the person my mother called 'Bujik' and I called 'Dad.'
"The world will remember determined Peres, who never stopped, who continued to run despite the obstacles and falls along the way. My memories of him are of Friday night (Shabbat) meals in our home, when he was the first to stand for the Kiddush ceremony."
Walden added, "Dad, you were 'one who desired life,' who was 'strong as a lion' to serve his G-d, and ran forward. You deserve a proper rest."
US President Barack Obama eulogized Peres as well, saying, "I was the tenth American president to meet Peres, and the tenth to be enchanted by him."
According to Obama, Abbas' presence at the funeral is an important reminder for all of us.
"The Jewish nation was not created in order to rule over another nation. Peres insisted that the 'Palestinians' be equal to the Jews in every way, and that they should live in a 'Palestinian' country," he claimed.
"There is no greater honor for me than to say goodbye to Shimon Peres here in Jerusalem. Peres showed us that justice and hope are at the heart of the Zionist idea," Obama said.
He added that, "Peres did not merit to see his vision of peace become reality."
Turning to Peres' coffin, Obama said in Hebrew, "Toda raba, haver yakar [thank you so much, dear friend]."
Ofer Golan, CEO of "Fighting the 'Palestinian' Lie," was taken for police questioning after publicizing a post criticizing former president Shimon Peres.
"I am crying over the thousands murdered since Oslo, and for the thousands of widows and orphans who are still in pain," he wrote.
According to the report, the police chief warned Golan not to come to Jerusalem Friday morning, then let him go free.
Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir responded, "The General Police Chief is confusing criminal activity and legitimate criticism. Israel's citizens are allowed to think and to write that Peres caused damage to the nation and to the country. The police must not attempt to regulate thoughts or threaten Israel's citizens."
Shimon Peres, ninth president of Israel, died two days ago after an illness. Peres was the "last of the founding fathers" of the State of Israel. He was renowned for the work he did in his younger years in various posts, as well as his efforts to build the reactor in Dimona and his involvement in the Entebbe rescue of Israeli hostages.. Peres, however, was also the architect of the disastrous Oslo Accords and the arming of the Palestinian Authority police to "fight terror", directly resulting in the deaths of thousands of Israelis.
Former Australian MP and Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy, reported being caught in a firefight between Islamic State and Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Domez, Iraq, near the town of Sinjar, which is west of Mosul.
In this video, which was released to Arutz Sheva, Roy is visiting an outpost that is being guarded by Kurdish Peshmerga forces when he gets caught in a deadly firefight.
Roy was visiting the region to see a friend and speak to local policy makers and young innovators.
Roy told SBS that “The danger of a 50-cal bullet, or if they had bigger RPGs, or a mortar round hitting us was pretty serious so we had to stay where we were. Once they [the Peshmerga] had pushed them back, they were very adamant that we get in the car and drive as fast as we could in the other direction.”
Wyatt Roy, who made history in 2010 as the youngest individual to be elected to Australian parliament at the age of 20, has been a vocal advocate for Israel in the Australian media.
Additionally, Roy frequently visits Israel to speak with innovators and policy makers and came to Israel a few weeks ago, before departing for Iraq. One of his first actions as Assistant Minister for Innovation was to lead a week-long delegation of almost 50 Australians to Israel last November.
In a video conference to the Open Opportunity Forum in Sydney last November, Roy spoke about Israel saying that, "They have more startups per capita than any other country on earth, they have more investment in research and development per capita than any other country on earth, and more venture capital invested per capita than any other country on earth. They really are the global golden standard when it comes to innovation."
Roy recently accepted the position of non-executive director of the venture capital mob H2Ocean, an Australian company which invests in financial technology start-ups.
Sheffi Paz, one of the leaders of the "Otef Central Station" association, which fights for the rights of southern Tel Aviv's residents in the face of the area's becoming flooded with Eritrean and Sudanese illegals, spoke to Arutz Sheva regarding Netanyahu's recent meeting with the Likud. The meeting was convened to discuss the infiltrator problem and potential solutions.
According to Paz, Netanyahu is not familiar with the details of the issue, but his true test will be one of action.
"First of all, we're not talking about 20 thousand infiltrators; we're talking about 40 thousand plus many others that we don't know about," she said.
"We're fed up with empty promises. In another week and a half, we will sit in the Israeli Supreme Court, and we'll see how serious the government is about sending the infiltrators off to another country. We'll see how the government answers the judges."
Paz added, "If the Prime Minister was as firm about sending away the infiltrators as he was about the gas deal, then he would come to the Supreme Court with us. We are thankful that he put up a fence several years late, but we have not forgotten how the government dumped busloads of infiltrators on our heads, and has not done anything since then."
Paz hopes that the government's response to the Supreme Court will reflect a desire to advance the proposed solution.
"For several years we have been discussing pleas against sending infiltrators to another country. Unless a law stands in the Supreme Court, it's not worth anything. As far as we understand, there are secret agreements to send the infiltrators to another country, but the Supreme Court wants to ensure that they will be treated well there. The judges have demanded a clear answer from the government before allowing this law to pass. We are waiting to hear the government's answer and whether the Supreme Court will allow this solution or not."
For the past several years, Israel has been attempting to solve its infiltrator problem. Tens of thousands of infiltrators, mostly from Eritrea and Sudan, live in Israel illegally. The Supreme Court has ruled against holding them in a detention facility. 60% of these illegals live in southern Tel Aviv, frightening the local residents, working off the books without paying taxes and causing the crime rate to skyrocket.
Recently, Education Minister Naftali Bennett was forced to step in to prevent a successful high school serving immigrants from being closed down and handed over to infiltrators. Infiltrator children are also given state-of-the-art schools and preschools, often at the expense of local children.
Ahead of the state funeral for former President Shimon Peres on Friday, Israeli security forces are ramping up operations to secure the event. With world leaders including President Obama and former President Bill Clinton expected to attend, Israeli police and internal security agencies are taking every precaution – including preemptive arrests of people they have deemed potential troublemakers.
Speaking at a press conference Thursday evening, Israeli Police Chief Roni Alshich discussed the preparations underway for what is expected to be the grandest state funeral since Nelson Mandela’s in 2013.
During the press conference Alshich revealed that a number of right-wing Jewish activists and Arabs had been arrested over the past day, as part of efforts to ensure that the funeral runs smoothly – and safely.
“For security purposes for what will be happening in the next 24 hours and coming days, we assessed all the possible threats to the event and sources of threats,” Alshich said.
“That could mean threats or provocations [as well as terror] and we’ve also carried out preemptive arrests in specific cases for this event we’re now preparing for.”
Alshich played down the arrests, noting that the number of people taken into custody was small.
“These aren’t large numbers. We’re talking now about a very small number of people that we have identified as posing a possible threat or who could create provocations [during the funeral].”
According to a report by Channel 2, the arrestees include three Jewish activists from around the country.
“There may be surprises,” Alshich said, “and we’re prepared for those surprises. It is an unprecedented event in its scope. There are no specific warnings or information [on specific threats]. We are preparing for everything – terror attacks or provocations. Of course we’re not sealing it off hermetically, but we need to have a good response prepared.”
The state funeral for President Peres will take Friday morning at Har Herzl in Jerusalem.
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An Arab-American supporter of Donald Trump was chased and beaten by an angry mob during a Black Lives Matter protest in southern California Wednesday.
Feras Jabro, a 21-year old San Diego resident, was attacked by demonstrators in El Cajon, California who had gathered to protest the recent shooting of a local man by police.
But when protesters noticed Jabro’s “Make America Great Again” hat – a symbol of support for the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump – some in the crowd went berserk, charging Jabro, who attempted to flee.
The unfortunate Trump supporter was cornered, however, and beaten before being escorted away from the mob after attackers removed his hat.
While some protesters continued to follow him, Jabro was able to find safety around a police detail assigned to contain the demonstration.
“I simply walked into the rally wearing a Donald Trump hat; I was attacked, thrown to the ground, kicked, chased,” Jabro said.
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