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Knesset memorial ceremony set to begin

Sharon’s family has arrived at the Knesset plaza in Jerusalem for the start of the official commemoration ceremony at 9:30 a.m.

The ceremony is being attended by the entire government, most MKs and the senior leadership of the IDF and other security services. Sharon’s sons Omri and Gilad arrived at the plaza at around 9:20.

The Knesset ceremony is also being attended by a long list of foreign dignitaries, including US Vice President Biden, Quartet Envoy and former British PM Tony Blair, Czech Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok, Russian parliamentary head Sergey Naryshkin, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Spanish Home Affairs Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz and Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander.

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