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Israelis, world leaders gather for Peres funeral

  • A portrait of late Israeli President Shimon Peres is seen at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Peres died early Wednesday at the age of 93. The state funeral of Peres is planned on Friday. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

    A portrait of late Israeli President Shimon Peres is seen at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Peres died early Wednesday at the age of 93. The state funeral of Peres is planned on Friday. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 21, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama and Israeli President Shimon Peres raise their glasses in a toast after Obama received the Israeli Medal of Distinction from Peres during a State Dinner at President's residence in Jerusalem, Israel. Both were Nobel Prize laureates who labored for peace in the Middle East but failed to achieve it. Now, their joint efforts are at an end as President Barack Obama prepares to pay a final tribute to Shimon Peres in Jerusalem. Obama boarded Air Force One Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, to fly to Israel to join dozens of world leaders at the funeral of Peres, the 93-year-old former prime minister, president and elder statesman.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    FILE - In this March 21, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama and Israeli President Shimon Peres raise their glasses in a toast after Obama received the Israeli Medal of Distinction from Peres during a State Dinner at President's residence in Jerusalem, Israel. Both were Nobel Prize laureates who labored for peace in the Middle East but failed to achieve it. Now, their joint efforts are at an end as President Barack Obama prepares to pay a final tribute to Shimon Peres in Jerusalem. Obama boarded Air Force One Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, to fly to Israel to join dozens of world leaders at the funeral of Peres, the 93-year-old former prime minister, president and elder statesman. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 file photo, Israel's former President Shimon Peres poses for a portrait at the Peres Center for Peace in Jaffa, Israel. Peres led the government from 1984-86 in a rotation agreement with Yitzhak Shamir. He later served as caretaker prime minister from 1995-96 after Yitzhak Rabin's assassination. Despite his short terms in office, he is credited with disentangling Israeli troops from Lebanon, rescuing its economy from triple-digit inflation in the 1980s and guiding a skeptical nation into peace talks with the Palestinians in the 1990s.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

    In this Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 file photo, Israel's former President Shimon Peres poses for a portrait at the Peres Center for Peace in Jaffa, Israel. Peres led the government from 1984-86 in a rotation agreement with Yitzhak Shamir. He later served as caretaker prime minister from 1995-96 after Yitzhak Rabin's assassination. Despite his short terms in office, he is credited with disentangling Israeli troops from Lebanon, rescuing its economy from triple-digit inflation in the 1980s and guiding a skeptical nation into peace talks with the Palestinians in the 1990s.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)  (The Associated Press)

Israelis, along with dignitaries from around the world, are gathering in Jerusalem for the funeral of the country's former President Shimon Peres.

U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, German President Joachim Gauck and scores of other world leaders are attending the funeral. Obama is one of the speakers at the ceremony.

Police have shut roads in central Jerusalem ahead of the funeral.

It is expected to be Israel's largest since that of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Peres' partner in peace who was killed by a Jewish nationalist in 1995.

Peres died early Wednesday of complications following a stroke. He was 93.

Peres shared a Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 for attempting to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Since then, the peace process has collapsed.