Israel Holds Memorial Ceremony For Ariel Sharon

In this handout provided by the GPO, Czech PM Jiri Rusnok, (6th,L) Former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert, (7th,L), Middle East international envoy Tony Blair (9th, L) Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu (8th , R), US Vice-President Joe Biden (7rd, R), President Shimon Peres (6th, R) and other foreign delegates attend a state memorial service for Israel's former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at Israel's parliament, the Knesset on January 13, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. A military ceremony for Ari | GPO via Getty Images

In this handout provided by the GPO, Czech PM Jiri Rusnok, (6th,L) Former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert, (7th,L), Middle East international envoy Tony Blair (9th, L) Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu (8th , R), US Vice-President Joe Biden (7rd, R), President Shimon Peres (6th, R) and other foreign delegates attend a state memorial service for Israel’s former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at Israel’s parliament, the Knesset on January 13, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. A military ceremony for Ari | GPO via Getty Images

Israel is holding a state memorial ceremony for the former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the country’s parliament building.

Monday’s official ceremony in the Knesset in Jerusalem will be followed by a private burial on the family’s desert ranch in southern Israel.

Sharon died on Saturday after eight years in a coma.

His coffin has been lying in state at the Knesset’s outdoor plaza where Israelis from all walks of life paid respects throughout Sunday.

Israeli politicians and international dignitaries are attending the ceremony, including U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Czech Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok, and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier are also present.

Source: The AP


  

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