Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara greeted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Friday, and Netanyahu and Abbas shook hands and spoke ahead of the official state funeral for Shimon Peres.
At the request of the Peres family, Abbas was seated in the front row.
Abbas told Netanyahu during their snap meeting that ''it's been a long time since we last met." Netanyahu responded: "I very much appreciate that you came to the funeral."
During his speech, U.S. President Obama said that Abbas' presence at the event was proof that there was still "unfinished business" between Israel and the Palestinians.
This was Abbas' first official visit in Israel since September 2010, and the first time he shook hands with Netanyahu since last November.
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Abbas' office sent on Thursday a request to coordinate his attendance at the funeral, said the spokeswoman for Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the coordinator of government activities in the territories. The request was passed on to the Prime Minister's Bureau and the confirmed.
Abbas was expected to be accompanied by a delegation of senior Palestinian officials, including Majid Faraj, the head of Palestinian intelligence, who was delayed due to a traffic accident en route to the funeral.