Excerpts: Shimon Peres funeralFrench jets fly from aircraft carrier agains
IS in Iraq September 30, 2016
+++SOURCE:Al Arabiya News 30 Sept.’16:”Obama on Peres,says he fell prey to
his charms”,byAssociate Press
SUBJECT:Shimon Peres funeral
Shimon Peres was being laid to rest on Friday[30 Sept] in a ceremony
attended by thousands of admirers and dozens of international dignitaries -
in a final tribute to a man who personified the history of Israel during a
seven-decade political career.
US President Barack Obama, former US President Bill Clinton and Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas headlined a long list of world leaders who converged
on Israel’s national cemetery, Mount Herzl, for the event.
In a nod to the Palestinian leader, Abbas sat in the front row at the
Obama fell prey to Peres’ charms
Obama hailed Peres Friday[30 Sept] as a man who showed the world that
justice and hope are at the heart of the Zionist ideal and saw “all people
as deserving of dignity and respect.”
Wearing a Jewish skullcap as a sign of respect and reverence, Obama said he
was the 10th president to fall prey to Peres’ charms and they forged an
unlikely friendship, despite the nearly four-decade gap in their ages and
starkly different backgrounds.
“It was so surprising to see the two of us, where we had started, talking
together in the White House, meeting here in Israel,” he said. “I think both
of us understood that we were here only because in some way we reflected the
magnificent story of our nations.”
“The last of the founding generation is now gone,” Obama said, speaking just
to the left of Peres’ casket draped in blue and white.
In an emotional eulogy, Clinton described Peres as a “wide champion of our
“He started life as Israel’s brightest student, became its best teacher and
ended up its biggest dreamer,” Clinton said.
Peres, who held every major office in Israel, including president and prime
minister, died on Wednesday,[28 Sept.] two weeks after suffering a stroke.
He was 93.
OPINION – Shimon Peres: The passing of an era
Friday’s funeral was Israel’s largest gathering of international dignitaries
since the funeral of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Peres’ partner in peace,
who was killed by a Jewish nationalist in 1995. The funeral created numerous
logistical and security challenges, and roads, including the main highway
from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, were closed.
+++SOURCE:Naharnet(Lebanon) 30Sept.’16:French Fighter Jets Take off on
Mission against IS in Mosul”,by Agence France Presse
SUBJECT: French fighter jets fly from French aircraft carrier against IS In
FULL TEXT:French fighter jets took off from the aircraft carrier Charles de
Gaulle on Friday[30 Sept] for an operation against the Islamic State group
in its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, an officer said.
Eight jets took off from the carrier in the eastern Mediterranean, an AFP
photographer on the flight deck reported.
The Charles de Gaulle is on its third mission since February 2015 in support
of the US-led coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria.
It was not immediately clear whether the French jets were to carry out air
strikes or were on a reconnaissance mission.
IS seized Mosul along with other areas in June 2014, but Iraqi forces have
since regained significant ground from the jihadists and are readying for an
assault to retake Iraq’s second-largest city with coalition air and
French President Francois Hollande announced in July that the Charles de
Gaulle, which carries 24 Rafale jets, would be sent back to the region for
bombing raids on IS targets.
The vessel’s latest mission is planned to end in late October, according to
Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
Sue Lerner — Associate, IMRA