A founding father set to be laid to rest.
World leaders are gathering in Israel to pay tribute to Shimon Peres. US President Barack Obama, among the dozens of top dignitaries in attendance. The American leader is set to address the ceremony along with Peres' three children. The former Israeli President and Prime Minister, died on Wednesday aged 93.
He leaves behind a mixed legacy. Hailed abroad as a top Israeli statesman. Others lay blame at this door for a deadly 1996 shelling of Lebanon, which amongst his many accolades and Nobel Peace Prize. That's for his part in the Oslo Peace Accords that attempted to end the bloodletting between Israelis and Palestinians.
One of its cosignatories, current Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is also set to attend. His rare visit to Israel could yield a handshake with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. That perhaps nothing more. Israeli Palestinian negotiations have been frozen since 2014 and the backdrop to the burial is far from harmonious.
Jewish settlements still prove as ticking points for Palestinians, as does the ongoing security situation faced by Israel. Around 8,000 officers have been deployed to police the funeral the huge operation has already led to several repetitive arrest.