While those in the West and within Israel hailed him as a peacemaker, some Palestinians viewed Peres differently.
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will attend the funeral of Israeli ex-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres, Palestinian officials said Thursday, in what will be a rare visit to occupied Jerusalem.An Israeli Defense Ministry unit also said Abbas had asked to coordinate his participation.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for direct negotiations with Abbas, but the Palestinians have pursued an international strategy, saying years of talks with the Israelis have not ended the occupation of the West Bank.Peres won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for his role in the Oslo Accords, which envisioned an independent Palestinian state.
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