Reporter’s Notebook: A funeral that would have meant the world to Peres

Seeing the current and former world leaders who gathered on Mount Herzl to honor former president Shimon Peres at his funeral Friday was impressive, not only because of the quality of heads of state who came, from US president Barack Obama on down, but also the quantity.

When emcee Gilad Adin welcomed each delegation from 70 countries, it felt like Jerusalem was finally hosting the Olympics we have all been waiting for. With all due respect to Obama, Prince Charles, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, it was the African leaders in their native dress who looked the most impressive.


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