Israelis, along with dignitaries from around the world, were gathering in Jerusalem on Friday for the funeral of former President Shimon Peres.
US President Barack Obama, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, French President Francois Hollande, German President Joachim Gauck and other world leaders are among those attending.
Obama is one of the speakers at the ceremony. He landed in Israel on Friday morning.
The United States delegation includes former President Bill Clinton, who will also speak, Secretary of State John Kerry, about 20 members of Congress and several administration officials.
Police closed roads in central Jerusalem beofre the funeral. It is expected to be Israel’s largest since that of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was killed by a Jewish nationalist in 1995.
Peres died early Wednesday, two weeks after suffering a stroke. He was 93.
Source: Associated Press