- Nobel Peace Prize winner died at the age of 93 and funeral today is set to be the largest in Israel for 20 years
- World leaders including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, and Prince Charles all in attendance
- Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is also at the funeral – his first visit to Israel since 2010
- Mr Peres’ body was lying in state outside Israel’s parliament and will be laid to rest on Mount Herzl
- Statesman who died after stroke set up post-war Israeli state and later signed Palestinian peace deal
The grand funeral of Shimon Peres – a founding father of modern Israel – is underway attended by 70 world leaders and royals including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Prince Charles and King Felipe of Spain.President Reuven Rivlin paused and gripped the statesman’s coffin at the emotional ceremony on Mount Herzl.Jerusalem’s biggest security operation for at least two decades is underway with 8,000 police and soldiers lining the streets as the country’s former prime minister is laid to rest on Mount Herzl.Israeli security forces are on high alert amid fears of a terror attack and in a rare visit to Jerusalem, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is also at the funeral – his first visit to Israel since 2010.Mr Peres, who helped set up the post-war Israeli state, died on Wednesday aged 93, two weeks after a major stroke.The statesman was later awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1994 with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, for signing the Oslo Accord in the hope of creating an independent Palestinian and a two-state solution to bring peace to the region.He will be buried next to his so-called ‘partner in peace’ Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated by a Jewish nationalist in 1995.