Israeli President Shimon Peres (L) greets the heads of the Christian denominations in the Holy Land during the traditional reception on New Year's Eve at the president's residency in Jerusalem on December 31, 2012. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON
Chinese President Xi Jinping (Right) smiles as Israeli President Shimon Peres (Center) hugs Chinese children after a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People on April 8, 2014 in Beijing, China. At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, Israeli President Shimon Peres will pay a state visit to China from April 8 to 10.
President Barack Obama (L) laughs with Israeli President Shimon Peres (C) during an official welcoming ceremony on his arrival at Ben Gurion Airport on March 20, 2013 near Tel Aviv, Israel. This is Obama's first visit as President to the region, and his itinerary will include meetings with the Palestinian and Israeli leaders as well as a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
President of Israel Shimon Peres and actress Eva Longoria pose for a photo during his visit to address Latino and Jewish leaders held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
Israeli President Shimon Peres eulogizes his wife Sonia, during her funeral ceremony on January 21, 2011 in Ben Shemen, Israel. Thousands of people including state dignitaries and friends, attended the funeral of the Israeli Priesident's wife, Sonia, who died in her sleep on 20 January 2011 aged 87. The couple were married for 67 years.
US Vice President Joe Biden (L) speaks with Israeli President Shimon Peres during a meeting on January 13, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. Biden arrives in Israel for the funeral of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Israeli President Shimon Peres prepares to lay a wreath at the coffin of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon after transporting his body to lie in state at Knesset Plaza on January 12, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. A memorial service will be held tomorrow followed by a funeral near Sycamore Farm, the former prime minister's residence. Former PM Ariel Sharon's died yesterday after suffering from a multiple organ failure. Sharon, 85, was hospitalised in Tel Hashomer hospital near Tel Aviv and has been in a coma since January 4, 2006.