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Obama, Clinton Remember Shimon Peres at Funeral in Jerusalem

Clinton said Peres was Israel's "biggest dreamer" and called him a "wise champion of our common humanity'

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    Former Israeli president Shimon Peres was remembered as a "great man" as scores of world leaders attended his funeral Friday, NBC News reported.

    President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton were among 90 delegations from 70 countries paying their respects to Peres, who died Tuesday while hospitalized for a major stroke. He was 93.

    "Even in the face of terrorist attacks, even after repeated disappointments at the negotiation table, he insisted that as human beings, Palestinians must be seen as equal in dignity to Jews and must therefore be equal in self-determination," Obama said.

    Clinton said Peres was Israel's "biggest dreamer" and called him a "wise champion of our common humanity."

    After the ceremony, the casket was led to the gravesite carried by eight members of an honor guard and led by soldiers carrying wreaths. Netanyahu and Obama chatted along the way, also talking with Peres' family.