'I miss you grandfather'

Ceremony held marking 30 days since passing of former Israeli President Shimon Peres.

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Grave marker of Shimon Peres
Grave marker of Shimon Peres

Israel unveiled Friday a headstone at the grave of ex-President and two-time Prime Minister Shimon Peres, who died last month, at a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

The unveiling, which took place at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl national cemetery and was also attended by President Reuven Rivlin, is a ceremony held in line with Jewish tradition 30 days after a person's death.

Peres was buried on September 30, two days after he died aged 93 following a major stroke, and a long list of world leaders including US President Barack Obama attended his funeral.

Next to the headstone stands a plaque, written in both Hebrew and English, describing Peres as a "Statesman, lover of literature, poetry and art, Nobel Prize laureate, a man of vision and action.”

In a career spanning seven decades, Peres held nearly every major office,
serving as Prime Minister from 1984 to 1986 and again from 1995 to 1996, and lastly as President from 2007 to 2014.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, President Rivlin said that his predecessor had “worked tirelessly on building a future not only for Israel, but for the entire world.”

Peres’ granddaughter, Yael Peres, added a personal note to the ceremony.

“I love you to no end, and miss you so much.”

“You never failed to make me laugh. I loved hearing your first-hand accounts of the history of Israel. You were always the cool grandfather, wearing your beautiful sunglasses.”

AFP contributed to this report