Barack Obama to Lead U.S. Delegation to Funeral for Shimon Peres

By Phil Helsel

[Shimon Peres, former Israeli president and prime minister, dies at 93]
[Shimon Peres, former Israeli president and prime minister, dies at 93]

President Barack Obama will lead a U.S. delegation to attend the funeral of former Israeli president Shimon Peres, the White House said Wednesday.

The president will leave for Israel Thursday and will return to Washington, D.C., on Friday.

Related: Shimon Peres, Ex-Israeli President and Nobel Laureate, Dies at 93

Peres, called one of the founding fathers of the state of Israel and hailed for a career built on promoting peace between Arabs and Jews, died at the age of 93 after being hospitalized for a major stroke, his family announced Wednesday morning Israel time.

A host of world leaders are expected to attend the funeral in Jerusalem. Former U.S. president Bill Clinton, the U.K.’s Prince Charles and French President Francois Hollande have said they will attend, among other leaders.

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SOURCES: News Now/NBC News Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.