Kristine L Ming

Clinton: Peres was a dreamer who never gave up

Former US president Bill Clinton spoke at the funeral of Shimon Peres at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem Friday, saying he was honored to have known him for the last 25 years.
Clinton put the loss of Peres into perspective paraphrasing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tweet that Thursday “was Israel’s first day without Shimon Peres.”

Clinton continued by praising Peres’s steadfast commitment to public service, and added he was honored to have shared a friendship with the late president over the last 25 years.

Clinton also thanked the Peres family for letting him speak at the funeral “even though I am not a citizen of a country I love so much.”

He said that the tomorrow Peres envisioned was already being lived in Israel, adding “the morals that he envisioned are already being lived here today in Israel.”

Clinton said that while his critics often claimed he was a naive, overly-optimistic dreamer, he knew what he was doing with his dreams. “He never gave up on anything.”

“Peres started off life as Israel’s brightest student, became its best teacher, and ended up its biggest dreamer,” Clinton added.

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