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Sept. 30, 2016
Scores of Israelis Arrive at Knesset to Pay Tribute to Peres
The flag-draped coffin of former President Shimon Peres was laid in state in the
Israeli flags were lowered to half-staff at all government and state buildings, military and police bases, and Israeli embassies worldwide. The directive remains in effect until sunset Friday.
Peres' coffin arrived at the
MKs from all political factions, as well as members of Peres' staff, passed by
the coffin to pay their respects. The Knesset allocated 12 hours, between 9 a.m.
and 9 p.m., for the public to pay their respects. Scores of Israelis huddled
A special area was designated just outside the plaza for those wishing to light memorial candles or leave flowers. The space could not be set up inside the compound for security reasons. The Knesset's Symbols and Ceremonies Committee, which plans the funerals of all state officials, issued a statement outlining the schedule for Friday's service.
A committee official described the preparations for Peres' funeral as
"unprecedented in scope." The protocols have been dubbed "And Now Tomorrow," for
the title of a book Peres penned in 1978. The state service is scheduled to
begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday, when Peres' coffin will be taken to
The service there will be held at 9:30 a.m., and several Israeli and foreign dignitaries are expected to speak. At the family's request, singer David D'Or will perform the Avinu Malkeinu prayer.
At 11 a.m., the procession will walk to the Great Leaders of the Nation plot, where the funeral service will begin at noon and Peres will be laid to rest. Giant screens have been set up at the site to allow participants to see the speakers.
Dozens of world leaders are expected to attend the funeral, and began arriving
Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh will oversee security aspects, which will involve the police, Border Police, IDF, Shin Bet security agency and several other government agencies. Magen David Adom emergency services have also been placed on special alert. Hundreds of paramedics and dozens of ambulances, MDA motorbikes, and EMT units, will be deployed in the capital to meet any medical emergency.
Army Radio reported Thursday that large security forces will be deployed
throughout the capital on Friday, as the funeral coincides with the traditional
Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa mosque, which sometimes have been followed by unrest
in and around the
Ahead of the state funeral, Israeli security forces ramped up operations to secure the event. With world leaders including President Barack 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 Alsheikh 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. 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.”
Alsheikh 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,” Alsheikh 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.”
In a surprising snub, no Arab leader will attend Peres' funeral. The decision by
Arab officials to avoid the service puzzled many in the Foreign Ministry, given
the ninth president's significant contribution to promoting peace in the
A senior Jordanian defense source cited King Abdullah II's rigorous security as
the reason for his absence.
In a missive to the family, Abbas called Peres, who was one of the architects of the 1993 Oslo Accords, "a courageous leader," saying he "spared to effort to strike lasting peace, from the Oslo Accords to his last day."
Still, neither Abbas nor any other Palestinian Authority official will attend
Friday's state funeral at the Great Leaders of the Nation plot on
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Palestinian media that "Shimon Peres' hands are stained with the blood of Palestinians" and that "near the end of his life, Peres articulated compromising positions."
Hizbullah's Al Manar Television described Peres as "the spiritual father of the
Zionist nuclear program," because of his involvement in the inception of the
Sky News Arabia, broadcast in the
President Barack Obama is flying to
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Peres devoted his life to the sovereignty
of the Israeli people. "As a man of vision, his gaze was aimed to the future,"
Netanyahu said. "As a man of security, he fortified
is More of a threat to the West than
“Those who believed that the nuclear agreement would lead to a more moderate,
Marks 75 Years Since
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin was meant to attend a memorial ceremony led by
Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko and the European Union's Donald Tusk on
Thursday evening. But he cut short his visit to
The anniversary comes at a sensitive time for
Members of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) collaborated with Hitler's
generals in the early years of the war, because they felt the Nazis could help
them win independence from the
Rivlin did not shy away from telling Ukrainian lawmakers in
Rivlin's comments led the Ukrainian parliament's deputy speaker to condemn his remarks as "undiplomatic. Certain statements of our esteemed guest were out of place in these days of mourning, with them spoken in the parliament of a country that today is also fighting for its independence."
The Nazis helped by local auxiliaries exterminated the Jews between September 29
and 30 of 1941 as they blitzed their way toward
About 100,000 live in the city today out of a population of around 2.8 million
and Yiddish, once widely spoken among Ashkenazi Jews, is almost never heard on
"We were gathered and sent along 'the path to death'," Raisa Maistrenko, 78, said in an interview at what today is a green ravine scattered with Soviet-era monuments and a Jewish Menorah candelabrum put up when the empire was crumbling in 1991. Just 29 people managed to escape execution by either falling into the mass grave before being shot in the back or wearing crosses to hide their true religion.
Maistrenko's 18 relatives never returned from
Maistrenko said they were hiding there until sunset before finding their way back home under the cover of darkness. There - to their relief - no one reported them to the Nazis. "There were two big houses in our courtyard filled with multi-national families, but all were very friendly to each other," Maistrenko said.
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Paradise Regained, Paradise Lost
By Don Canaan (Commentary)
This year marked the 34th anniversary of the return of the Sinai by Israel to Egypt--a day of mourning by many of the 2,000 settlers who settled and later were forcibly evacuated by Israeli authorities under the command of Ariel Sharon, from the seaside city of Yamit on the Mediterranean.
Yamit was former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan's dream--a projected seaport and city of 250,000 founded on the Sinai sand dunes overlooking date palm trees and the blue Mediterranean--a populated buffer between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on the other side of the Suez Canal.
Some alternate historians say Moses and the children of Israel passed near the site of Yamit 3,500 years ago as they wandered for 40 years through the Sinai Desert on their way to the proverbial land of milk and honey.
Since April 25, 1982 only the whine of the desert wind weaves its currents through the crevices of destroyed homes, businesses and monument--a memorial to the young men who died during the 1967 Six Day war.
Christians, Jews and Muslims died during three Arab-Israeli wars and battles that took place in the Sinai in 1956, 1967 and 1973--Egyptian and Israeli--young people who fought and died in that desolate, forsaken desert wasteland.
The modern-day chariot carrying Egyptian President Mohammed Anwar al-Sadat hugged the intermittently green coastline of Sinai on its historic mission to Jerusalem. Israelis glancing upward into the clear night sky saw merely a jet banking gently to the northwest.
Official Israeli government policy was that the settlers had to be removed and the army came and forcibly removed the remaining diehard residents. The Jerusalem Post described the scene: Apocalypse had arrived in Yamit and in the dust and noise and destruction one could wander freely. Dozens of bulldozers and giant mobile air hammers were loose in the city like a pack of predatory beasts."
April 25, 20011 marked the 29th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from Yamit and Sinai and a cold peace between long-term enemies.
That gift of peace silently glided overhead as the Sabbath disappeared and the stars appeared. At 8:01 p.m. Sadat's jetliner landed at Ben-Gurion Airport and the first minutes of a then potential peace came to the Middle East.
Old enemies became new friends. The crowds roared its approval when Sadat shook hands with Moshe Dayan. A person standing nearby, according to the Jerusalem Post, said Sadat told Dayan, "Don't worry Moshe, it will be all right."
The peace treaty between the two nations was signed on March 26, 1979 and on April 25, 1982; the events that had started on a November day at Camp David came to fruition. Sinai was returned to Egypt. Yamit was bulldozed to the ground. But Anwar Sadat did not live to see that day. He had been assassinated seven months before.
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