Obama arrives in Israel for Peres funeral

Shimon Peres
FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2015 file photo, former Israeli President Shimon Peres speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Jerusalem. A spokeswoman for Israel's former President Shimon Peres says the 92-year-old is being rushed to hospital after experiencing chest pains it was reported on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)

JERUSALEM (AP) – President Barack Obama has arrived in Israel for the funeral of Shimon Peres.

Obama heads a long list of international dignitaries attending the event Friday and will deliver one of the eulogies.

Peres, Israel’s ninth president, died early Wednesday of complications following a stroke. He was 93.

Police have shut roads in central Jerusalem ahead of the funeral.

It is expected to be Israel’s largest since that of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Peres’ partner in peace who was killed by a Jewish nationalist in 1995.

Peres shared a Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 for attempting to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Since then, the peace process has collapsed.

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