Ariel Sharon
Ariel Sharon Israel news photo: GPO

Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is heading to Israel to attend the funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, wrote the Wall Street Journal Sunday.

Also Sunday, US President Barack Obama announced he would be sending a presidential delegation to the funeral. Vice President Joe Biden, Rep. Eliot Engel, D-NY, U.S. Ambassador Daniel Shapiro and former ambassador Daniel Kurtzer will join Rep. Wasserman Schultz at the funeral.

President Obama remembered Sharon as "a leader who dedicated his life to the state of Israel."

The body of former prime minister Sharon lay in state at the plaza outside the Knesset, a day after he died at age 85.

Earlier, the government Cabinet held a minute's silence as it met for its weekly session.

Rep. Wasserman Schultz put out a statement earlier in the day. “I want to extend my deepest condolences to the people of Israel and the family of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon,” she wrote.

“In his long career dedicated to his country as a soldier and a public servant, Sharon created, lived and breathed Israel’s political and military history. As an officer and while serving in government, Ariel Sharon was a strong leader, pursuing his beliefs with conviction, but he was above all a patriot, whose love of Israel drove his every action,” said “I hope his family, friends and loved ones find comfort in his memory and may the legacy of his life be for a blessing.”

“Ariel Sharon lived a full life dedicated to serving his beloved nation. As a member of Israel’s founding generation, he helped the Jewish state become the vibrant thriving democracy it is today,” said U.S. Senator Marco Rubio. “My wife Jeanette and I send our condolences to his family and to the people of Israel as they mourn his passing.”